I am very, very pleased to say that I am now officially a teacher! That’s right, all of your well-wishing and encouragement must have helped, because just last week I was contacted by a group of five friends in town who were all interested in doing yoga. Most of them are 100% beginner, which I just love love love. We had our first class on Sunday night and they liked it so much they wanted to plan for two nights a week! So after months of hard work, everything is working out. : ) I can’t wait to get to know these ladies better – they are such a fun group – and of course I will chronicle some of my teaching adventures here!
I am so thrilled about the opportunity to share yoga with people eager to learn about it. I am really blessed to have found such open-minded women who are so willing to push their boundaries and try something new!
And almost immediately after entering the world of teaching, I find myself, my confidence, and my courage being challenged. Such is life, right?
Many of you remember me discussing the Danville Area Yoga Retreat that I attended last October and enjoyed so much. So you can imagine my excitement when Gordon called me last weekend to let me know he was organizing another retreat this coming July! I was immediately enthusiastic about the opportunity – especially because it falls on my birthday weekend : ) – and told Gordon I’d love to help him out in any way. I was thinking maybe he needed some assistance putting together or printing the program, getting the word out, something like that. But I also mentioned that I have been doing a little teaching myself these days and would be happy to fill a slot if he needed me to.
This week I received a letter from him inviting me to participate in the event…as a teacher! Whoa! This is all happening so fast. He’d like me to send him a bio and photo, and he wants me to come to town and teach him one-on-one so he can get familiar with my style.
I know that I can do this, but you guys, my confidence is definitely wavering. If you remember, I left the last retreat totally blown away by the skill and grace offered by the teachers. It is humbling to be included in their company, and it’s hard to feel worthy. I have been practicing yoga about half as long as some of these people have been teaching. I have only just wet my toes in the giant ocean of teaching, and even then only to beginners, while this day is aimed at intermediate to advanced students. Part of me is ecstatic about the opportunity to teach wheel, pigeon, and maybe even a handstand kick or two, but part of me is kind of star-struck and scared.
What do you think?