It was a relief to see the kids return to school. I was scheduled to lead a class of three hours yesterday and I needed some time without kids to plan. The class was at the new Yoga and Education Training Center in our town. My good friend and teacher, has a very dedicated group working on their RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) certification. I of course, was flattered that she asked me to be a part of the training. I’m scheduled for one Saturday a month, for three months for three hour workshops. Cool.
Her theme for this month was Leela, which basically translates to playfulness and fun! The workshop I headed up yesterday at her place, was fun. It was on teaching yoga to children, of all ages. I don’t have any experience with teaching a yoga class to children with physical disabilities, but I have taught a few to kids with mental, or behavior oriented disorders. What a challenge with a big reward.
When I have to teach a workshop, I like to plan, plan and plan some more. I like to spend lots of time planning and organizing and preparing. This week, it just didn’t work out that way. Though the kids were in school there were other demands. A yearbook planning meeting at WOLF School, kids coming over to play and a breakfast meeting at the YMCA yesterday morning. I had in my head what I wanted to do, I just needed it on paper. I got my handouts on the computer and printed them out. Some day, I will put all the Sanskrit words in my spell check! How annoying to have every other word you type show up as a typo.
I always worry if I will run short, that I won’t have enough information for the duration. Low and behold that never happens. I can usually go on for hours, and for that, I am thankful, except I almost forgot to take a break yesterday! I was able to teach this class without too much stressful planning. I offered what I knew very well with confidence. I feel thankful, to be at a place where it feels so natural to share what I know.
I chose not to bring kids to the training class. #1 they would’ve been a distraction #2 that would’ve been a good idea, as they would have total true experience of a kids yoga class #3 focusing on teaching to kids while being distracted…..not such a good idea. We played with asana for about an hour, bringing in animal sounds and creative names for poses. We sang a few Native American Indian songs, we counted to 10 in Sanskrit and named some different body parts in Sanskrit as well. We looked through the books that I brought in. I passed around my Lingams (pictured above) as a touch and feel philosophical part of the training.
The new center is beautiful. I haven’t even been able to squeeze a class in over there for myself yet! Though yesterday went very well and was well received, I was exhausted. I slept in this morning, taking care of myself in a restful way. I know that the exhaustion I was experiencing was in a positive light and that it too soon, will pass.