Bernie has been poking me to write in my blog. So, Bernie, here you go. I’ve written in it.
I was tempted to post only that, but for those of you who are not Bernie, here’s a thought about yoga:
At one of the studios where I teach we have a couple of new instructors. I’ve taken a couple classes with each of them so that I can learn more about their styles and make recommendations to students who are looking for something specific. Now, when I actually practice yoga, rather than teach it, I generally do so alone. It’s a very solitary thing for me. Being in a class is a very different experience. And the experience varies a lot depending on how many other students there are and where you are in the room.
Most yoga students, particularly beginners, don’t want to be in the front row of mats. They feel more comfortable in the back, or at least in the middle, where they have many people to look at if they aren’t sure how to do something. But being in the front allows for a much more inward-focused yoga practice. You have fewer distractions. You aren’t trying to keep up with the people you see in front of you or feeling worried because you’re not as flexible as so-and-so. You just move through the poses as is appropriate for your body.
Thus, my advice to you today: get in front, whether it be in yoga, dance, martial arts, aerobics, or anything else you do. Let everyone else in the room fall away as you concentrate on yourself. You may be surprised at what you discover.
I promise I’ll be back to blogging regularly again soon. It’s been really crazy over here, and a lot of things I haven’t felt comfortable discussing in this space. Perhaps I will now that I’m not in the middle of some of them.
“Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are.” –Jason Crandell