Reflecting on My Yoga Journey
Over my years of being a yoga teaching, I find that teaching has helped me to reflect on my own yoga journey. Sometimes I find that when a brand new person walks into my class and this is their very first yoga class, it reminds me of my first yoga class. I remember to myself how I felt, what I liked and disliked, and I try to use that to make the new person feel more welcomed and part of the group. I also have a few students who have been practicing with me for years, and I find it so fascinating to see how far they have come and it helps me to reflect on that part of my journey. I know how important some of my yoga teachers were to my growth and progression and when I have students telling me that I’m their favourite teacher or that they love my classes, I really try to connect with them because I know how important that was to me. I guess you could say that my yoga journey has helped to shape my yoga teaching and I am so grateful for that. I try to see both the beauty and the potential in each pose and know that each student is on their own path of growth. When I started practicing, I had practically no strength and my asanas were displays of wild flexibility with zero integrity. I had some teachers who adjusted me constantly and made me feel very inadequate because I didn’t understand what the problem was. I also had some teachers who were patient with me and recognized that I literally did not have the strength to hold integrity in poses and needed help to get there. Having experiences like these has helped me in how I deal with students who are on extreme ends of the scale. Whether they are too tight or too flexible, I recognize that spending too much time adjusting them can make them feel very self conscious. Reflecting back on my own journey has made me so much more aware and that translates into how I teach my students. The awareness I have for teaching that I have been granted through my practice is one of the MANY reasons that I LOVE teaching yoga!!