The other day I was having what can only be described as a ‘kick the cat’ day.
Now for the animal lovers amongst us I should clarify that no cats were actually harmed, in fact I don’t even have one but I’m sure you all know what I’m saying. I had the ‘Mean Fridays’ or the “Cranks’ as my son would say. That awful heart-heavy mix of grumpy,sad and tired all wrapped up in a slightly bloated pre-menstrual body (my apologies to all the men in the room).
I wanted to put my pyjamas on and eat potato chips in bed but instead I prepared to teach a yoga class. I walked in giving myself a half hearted talking to and was met with ….a gift. One of my students couldn’t make it but had gone to the trouble of bringing me a beautiful bouquet of leafy greens from her garden. Another student wrapped me up in a hug, someone else lined up with a warm grin and kind words.
And I felt better. In fact I felt better than batter, I felt happy. We had a lovely class and I was reminded of the importance of community. A little banter, a little yoga and a quiet moment at the end. How do people live without yoga? If I am asked what my favourite thing about it is, I would say my ‘sangha’ or my yoga community.
This is no high school click people. A very yogic attitude of ’no judgement’ and tolerance apples. We are all different ages, stages and personality types, but we are very real friends. I miss my students when they don’t come to class. I miss sharing a cup of tea, a laugh, a warrior pose or two. I miss hearing about their kids and their sore backs. I really like my students.
Do you know that it’s been scientifically proven that spending regular time with friends makes you live longer? These days we seem to focus so much on our health, hovering greens and exercising like mad. Maybe we could do more good with an hour or two of real human connection with some good bendy souls and a little nap at the end.
One of my students had a question for me the other day. “Can I book a regular spot in one of your classes? I’d like to come twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays.” I was about to say no (you just book week to week) when I thought about this idea of community. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could practice with the same people each week?
What do you think? Would you like to come to the same class, at the same time each week? I only teach eight people at a time. Eventually we will have Monday and Wednesday mornings at 915am and Tuesday nights at 630pm. We will have a Saturday morning class at 8am and possibly another Saturday class at 10am. You could buy a three month block and if you couldn’t make it, we could do a make up that suits.
Please let me know if you think this system would work for you and hopefully I can make it happen. People will always need a certain amount of flexibility, I get that!…..(being a yoga teacher and all)
Beginners classes are going along beautifully. Intermediate 90min classes will be opening in July. I know some of you are super keen and so am I. I can start to take preferences for the classes you would like or you can just book classes on a weekly basis when it suits you. Any suggestions for the studio are always welcome-I want you to feel like it’s your yoga-home!
See you soon,