I always love a good party, especially when I’m the host. I enjoy making sure everyone is having a good time and everyone feels comfortable to let their hair down a little. I take pride in knowing that friends met at my party or people went home and talked about my party for days after…I feel the same about my yoga classes.
Yoga Party Rule #1: Introduce yourself to everyone in the room. Greet people at the door of your home, or the studio. Get them a drink or grab them a strap, let them know they have arrived and you’re here to help them get settled in.
Yoga Party Rule #2: The three elements of an enchanting environment: lights, sound and scent. Lights: In your home this means soft lighting (i.e. dimmers, lamps, candles) in the studio it means to adjust the lights depending on what’s happening in class. Time for Savasana? Maybe lower the lights or light a candle. Sound: music is essential for a relaxed atmosphere. Pre-class/pre-party music establishes a first impression of a new space. If you’re using music in a yoga class, blend the music with silence and make sure the music always fits the tone. Scent: create a subtle scent using candles or incense if you are in your home, same is true for yoga but don’t let it be overpowering during pranayama so that it doesn’t distract from the main event: breathing.
Yoga Party Rule #3: Introduce people to each other. Yes, sometimes people have to leave their comfort zone to shake the person’s hand that is on the mat next to them or the stranger’s hand across the room at the party, but parties and yoga studios help build community, so reach out and say ‘hello.’
Yoga Party Rule #3: As the host, or yoga instructor, you are in charge of keeping the energy levels up. Be in tune with what the group needs, Apples to Apples? Navasana? Help set the pace of your soirée with a boost of action when appropriate.
Above all make sure to stay present in the moment, the worst is when we work hard hosting our party or teaching our class and don’t enjoy it, because we are too busy anticipating problems or worrying.