Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Ready to Teach!

You might have remembered about a week ago that I was feeling a big push to finally get my ass into gear to start teaching my first group yoga class.

So I'm talking to some hot studios and working out schedules to teach power vinyasa and/ or ashtanga classes, but in the meantime, I've scored my first teaching gig. Gulp. Will be substituting classes over the holidays at the end of the year at Shanti Cape Town. In the weeks leading up to it, I've volunteered to assist Uli in adjusting her led ashtanga classes on Monday & Wednesday evenings so that I'd get to know her students. I started my first session this Monday, and it was such a great feeling to be adjusting people again.

It's the first time I've adjusted since my teacher training in September, but it's like riding a bicycle... we had done so many adjustment classes with Maria that it was like second nature. I needn't have worried that I'd forgotten it all!

Yesterday morning, Uli forwarded me some feedback from a student in the class and it's made me beam from ear to ear. I'd helped her come into a handstand in the middle of the room. Here's an excerpt:
"I loved last night’s class so much and I really enjoyed Jamie’s (I hope I have it correct) gentle, yet firm manner. I would feel confident in one of her class’s – she really knows her stuff and expresses a silent passion for yoga, especially the physicality of it.

I feel ready for the week! Perhaps it was the handstand I attempted – there is something liberating about facing a fear (yes, I admit, I was always too scared to do a handstand!)"

YAY! It's such a great feeling when you can help someone come to terms with their barriers. I'm a lot less nervous and more excited to teach now. :)

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