Teaching My First Class

Yesterday, I taught my first class at the studio I’ve been working as an apprentice at. It was incredible; three people from teacher training came, three of my teachers came, three people who work for trade at the studio came. I felt incredibly nervous at first, trying to think of everything (lights! sequence! adjustments! props! heat! humidity! voice! breath! gaaaaah!!!!) but after a few minutes, things started to flow. So many things came up unexpectedly, and I’m grateful I get to learn from people about communication, better sequencing, and cueing as I begin this journey of teaching. When I messed up (forgot which side was which, I just rolled with it). I reminded myself before that nobody was going to hate yoga if I forgot eagle pose on one side. By the end of class, I was the most relaxed I’ve been in at least a month. We’ll see how the next ones go!

Below is the intention I shared.

It’s often said that things are “never as good as the first time.” I can think of more pop songs than I can count that mention this idea. Full disclosure: today is my first time teaching Dharma Yoga. I spent a good part of this week feeling incredibly nervous and excited. Then it dawned on me that I have the opportunity to do something new, try something for the first time. And the great thing about doing something for the first time is that we can have an awareness that isn’t colored by our past habits, thoughts or experiences, allowing us to see more possibilities in the moment. It is said though, that we can cultivate this kind of awareness again through a concept called beginner’s mind, and one of the ways to do this is through mindfulness, or awareness of what you are doing in the present moment. As you move through practice today, I invite you to cultivate this beginner’s mind by looking at the postures with a sense of curiosity and ease, taking a moment to pause and respond to my cues instead of reacting to them.