An organizer and lesson-planner at heart, I try to be 110% prepared for each class I teach. My notes are illegible to anyone else– lots of arrows and stick figures and Sanskrit abbreviations– the usual. But lately, well… my lesson planning book has been 110% BLANK.
It’s not like I haven’t been thinking about yoga all the time: I immersed myself for 5 days by studying with my Ashtanga yoga teacher in Philadelphia and you know, that whole owning a yoga studio thing. But somehow last week, I found myself showing up at Westport Yoga KC with a blank lesson book.
My mental chatter went something like this:
Me: Uhhmm… lisa? What the heck are you teaching today? You don’t have a detailed lesson plan?!? What have you been doing all day?
Me: Yeah, I know… don’t rub it in. I’ve been working all day.
Me: Great… but …still?? What are you going to teach today?
Me: Calm down, lady. I know Yoga. I know breath. I know meditation. I know how to connect with Divine Light. That’s what I’m going to teach.
Because what I did I need to remember? YOGA is a mental skill. Yoga isn’t cool arm balances and super-detailed sequences leading to a brilliant peak pose.
The poses are just some ways to PRACTICE my yoga, so that when I show up for life, sometimes unprepared, I still respond with compassion toward myself and toward others.
I’ve found repeatedly, that the most important yoga pose, of all time, is sitting and getting prepared to approach the chaos within myself with a sense of grace and compassion.
It’s difficult. It requires so much vulnerability. It requires so much forgiveness. It requires so much tenacity and so much courage. But, I promise you: it’s so worth it. Because you’ll learn to approach the chaos within and the chaos without with grace and gentle curiosity.
Try these Guided Meditations
Be Still and Know:
Breathing in, Breathing Out:
Body Scan Relaxation:
More can be found on my guided meditation page.
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