So I taught my first solo yoga class on Saturday here:
It was FUN! After panic attacks every day leading up to the day, I finally relaxed and was like ‘Screw it… let’s do some yoga!’ It worked out. All of the students said they felt worked out AND stretched out, and that’s what I was going for. Hopefully, they caught a little ‘peace’ and ‘enlightenment’ along the way. When I taught again on Sunday, three of my coaches were in the room and they said that I’ve changed everything about my teaching style (in a very very VERY good way) from the last time they were in a class with me (a week ago). So I think that my solo class did the trick. I just had to relax and get it out of my system and move on. Mission Accomplished.
I wore these:
…and I will NEVER wear them to teach again. They’re awesome to look at, but they’re made of recycled plastic. That means (at least for me), they do NOT breathe. They were beyond gross by the time I finished teaching. I think they’re cute for tucking yourself in the back of a studio and practicing, but they kind of smell like warmed rubber (like if you left a barbie doll out in the hot sun all day). That’s not cute when I’m getting close to folks and talking to them about proper alignment.
By the end of the class, I’d convinced some of my more skeptical students that I was worth the 60 minutes they dedicated to practice. Many of them came up to me after class to discuss more yoga (and more teaching opportunities), so I’ll go ahead and call this a WIN! 🙂 The manager at the center invited me to come back and teach any time. I’m feeling pretty good right now.