There are silly reasons for loving my job like always being bare foot and my comfy work clothes but the real reasons why I love teaching yoga is because I get to go out everyday into the city and trek to different studios/schools/gyms. Lately it’s been cold outside and I leave the house all bundled up with nothing but my Ipod and head full of big ideas. I journey on the train/bus/car and arrive at ‘work’ take off my layers and walk into a warm room, often times I light candles or incense and get a whole hour (at least) with a group of people. And for the most part, even if some of the participants are in a bad mood or having a crappy day, this chunk of time is the most relaxing and connected part of their day. Because they dedicated a slot of time to unwind, become aware of their breath and listen to their bodies. For the kiddos it’s a non competitive time to express themselves and have fun. For the families and babies it’s a time to do an activity with their mom/dad/sibling where they can learn about each other and explore through the poses.
And no matter how tired or scattered I am, after that opening OM I am fully committed. Whether I am teaching babies, toddlers, or adults, for that class period my mind is in the moment. It’s the only activity on Earth that can keep me completely focused.
Creating a centered and connected vehicle that a person can feel comfortable in on their journey is essential to a happy life. Yoga is my way to cultivate inner peace that I can tap into when the world gets scary and the fact that I get to share that with people of all ages is a blessing that I will never take for granted.
Happy Holidays. Thanks for reading my blog.