It’s so easy at the beginning. Your tapas is finely tuned and every pose is new, fresh and exciting. And as my yoga progresses so do the poses. With so many new exciting things happening, as I deepen my practice and begin teaching, it seems critical to stay in touch with my yoga foundation.
Taking classes is a little different now that I teach yoga. My ears prick up even more when I hear something that makes me say ‘Yes!’ That is awesome and needs to be shared with my class.
A few days days ago as I was sweating it out the teacher said, “Get interested. Find new ways to get into a familiar shape.”
‘Um- can you all pause for a quick sec? I need to write this down.’
A big smile covered my face.
So I did. My koshas seemed like the best place to start. Very briefly, I’ve heard the koshas described as ‘energy lampshades’ or sheaths that cover our light. In yoga our goal is to move inward to a state of purity.
I looked at poses from the inside out and connected with my pranamaya kosha, or what I like to call my energy fascia. It’s the kosha that connects all the koshas to the body. With my breath really in tune with my body I felt like I was doing poses both as an observer and a participant.
It was cool.
In my head as I got into a pose I asked, ‘If I were a teacher how would I adjust this? What verbal cues would I give?’
I was surprised at how I could disappear so deep into the adjustments that I had to back off. I was almost missing my practice.
Eventually I found that sweet spot. It’s the same with students. You have to feel the space of each student. There’s a point when you make the adjustment and let a person explore the shape with their own breath. It’s like I’m the tour guide. You don’t need your tour guide yapping at you the entire trip , but you might want them to point out a spot that shouldn’t be missed.
As my own tour guide I got a little over zealous, but found balance.
I can’t say I’d practice like this daily. And truthfully if I did, eventually it wouldn’t be interesting anymore.
But flipping the script on myself was an challenge I’d do again and will continue to do.
This is yoga. And boy is it interesting….