A lot of weird things have happened to me while teaching. Once, I went through the entire class only to come down to the seated sequence and notice that my pants were on inside out. Another time, I had paused my music so I could demo something very important (I am so one of those people who turns down the music in order to better focus on where I'm going when I'm driving, haha) and when I pressed play again, it somehow changed my ambient beat music to blasting Puff Daddy circa 2006. In the middle of Morocco, by the way.
I got back from Costa Rica late last night - what a long travel day, culminating in the discovery that my bag didn't make it home. :( It's somewhere in Miami which is a real bummer because I need to fly back to Miami later this week and really have to do the laundry that's in that bag. Ah well. We had such a great week in Costa Rica, though, and I'm excited to share photos and stories from the trip later this week.
Today I wanted to chat about a few ways I've used to help me become a more confident yoga instructor. I remember when I first started teaching and I would prep for a one hour class for days in advance. I'd write down quotes I wanted to read and sketch out sequences, and practice my welcome speech. It is sort of sweet, looking back on it, but I was also filled with anxiety. I wanted to deliver great classes, yet I was just so nervous that my planning wouldn't translate or that I'd be finished with my sequence and still have 20 minutes left to kill. To ease my anxieties, I did the following things over and over again. These have served me well and hope they'll help someone out there, too.
A few weeks ago I shared an experience I had at a local yoga studio here, where a (new) teacher was ninja adjusting me. You know, where they come up outta no where and are super aggressive about the adjustments, so I wanted to share my tips for adjustments if you're a teacher, or a student wanting to know what a good adjustment feels like. Feel free to leave your tips below in the comments!