I am on my sixth week teaching at Yoga at Tiffany’s Norman. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I look forward to my Monday (and now Saturday) class! One of my initial reservations about teaching was how it would affect my personal yoga practice. I know… selfish. Yoga is my escape. It’s where I clear my head and let someone else lead me through a series of postures. With teaching, I am now responsible for creating that environment for someone else. Because I’m still a newb at this whole thing, I write a sequence a few days before, flow through it a few times to make sure everything meshes, and then cross my fingers I remember pieces of it. Before I began teaching, I would go to a 6am class Monday – Thursday. The only thing that’s changed is I’ve traded in my Monday 6am studio practice for an at home trial run of what I’m planning to teach that evening. I can honestly say that I mentally get more from teaching than from actually doing. Wasn’t expecting that!
Part of my yoga teacher training “homework” is to do so many home practices a week. Home practices are TOUGH. It’s hard for me to focus. That pile of dirty dishes just stares at me while I’m trying to do Sun Salutations.
One of my saving graces for personal practices while traveling or at home is Yoga Glo. Yoga Glo is a monthly subscription based site that has a variety of yoga styles and teachers available via streaming video. You can do a free 2 week trial, and then it’s $18 a month. Remember my weekend with Kathryn Budig? I was introduced to her through Yoga Glo. Well worth it to be able to do yoga with nationally recognized instructors at the click of a button. Maybe your shoulders are tight? You can filter the classes by body part, level, teacher, duration, style, etc. This is a great way to introduce yourself to yoga in the privacy of your own home, especially if you don’t have a studio nearby. One of my teacher training instructors is an instructor on Yoga Glo! Dice Iida-Klein. Check him out. He’s crazy strong, and so inspirational to watch.
I hope you look into Yoga Glo. Have a beautiful Monday!