Open to learning

The guru mantra got me from the first time I encountered it. After all I love learning, exploring, and sometimes mastering new things; I’ve always enjoyed finding ways to teach myself and I’ve been blessed with some truly phenomenal teachers through my life. I’m married to a teacher too! So I guess the surface message about learning…

Month by month

I’m a few months now into my routine of a monthly private session with my teacher. It sort of feels already like an indispensable yoga must-have, but it also feels like early days in something new, something that I am/we are feeling our way into. What do I want from this opportunity? Help with figuring out…

Enough already!

“Enough already!” It depends how you say it. It’s either a slightly tetchy way of telling someone to stop doing something or it’s a kind acknowledgement of the sufficiency in all things. I’m flip-flopping back and forth at the moment with both ways of talking to myself. I am having serious ‘enough’ issues, feeling never…

The secret formula

I saw one of my teachers recently whom I haven’t seen in a while and perhaps only a few times since TT. We had a great chat after the class he gave. He asked whether I was teaching and because he’s one of those quiet steady types with eyes that see right into you, I found…

Come on, it’s not that weird

“How weird is that? I mean — how weird is that?” I met up recently with a girlfriend, one of my dearest, oldest friends, but absent from the country for quite some months now. Last time she saw me in early summer I was pre-TT, still unable to articulate what I was doing or why,…

More?

Before class last night one of the other students asked me if I was teaching at all yet. Yes, I am a little. But she wasn’t satisfied. “When are you going to teach more? And are you going to do another training course soon?” Woah, slow down! Why can’t it be enough right now? Last…

What am I really teaching?

My own teacher’s professional biog has something about him teaching to affect head and heart. I don’t remember the exact words but I do remember the wonder I first felt in his classes, still feel very vividly even a few years on. In my own practice I’m still very much figuring out the power of…

Teaching prep

Prep for teaching today: a couple of hours on the sofa, clutching a hot water bottle against my stomach cramps, a box of tissues within hand’s reach. I have a cold and it’s rocked my system a bit overall; it doesn’t take much to throw me off balance. It’s OK, it’ll pass, I know that.…

On the homefront

One of the things sensibly impressed upon us in teacher training was about recognising the limits of one’s knowledge, not to get caught up in wanting to help, or wanting yoga to help, and therefore over-promising or trying to over-deliver. We are not training to be physical or mental therapists (or magicians!), just yoga teachers.…