Class Notes, Week 43: Little moments, big impact

The Moksha yoga teacher training program requires me to journal once each week about my experience with the poses and assignments + my practice and progress. This is part of that weekly assignment.

A new yoga student came up to me after this morning’s class.

Student: “Will you be teaching next Saturday morning?”

Me: “Absolutely.”

Student: “Awesome! I’ll see you next week.”

This enthusiasm left a sweet imprint on my heart.  It’s little moments like these that show I can indeed make a big impact — maybe not big in the I’m-world-famous sense, but big with regard to a impact on an individual.

I’m sure that seasoned yoga teachers receive comments like this from students all of the time, and hopefully it still makes an impact with them.  For me, someone who’s just beginning to teach, this positive feedback tells me that I’m doing something right.  I hope that I never take comments like this for granted, that they always touch my heart like this.

While it’s yet to be seen whether or not she will return next week — I won’t allow my ego get in the way, nor judge her for not returning — this student left today’s class happy and motivated.  Today, she’s in love with yoga and its effects.  That’s extremely gratifying.

It’s just that simple: I want my students to leave feeling better than when they entered.

The prep time in developing an appropriate 1.5-hour sequence for today’s class — that went out the window this morning.  I adjusted the class to a slower pace and one that included more stretching of the legs and hips (as one of the students requested this specifically since she works on her feet all day).  I included a lot of vinyasa, over-emphasized the breath (they learned ujjai for the first time) and often encouraged them to close their eyes to feel the movement in their own body.

The practice felt fluid, despite so much of it being somewhat spontaneous.  I snuck in jokes and fun pop culture references, and was myself.  While I am still finding my voice, allowing the cheekiness to trickle in just comes naturally — and made these students smile.

Smiling is good.

I am smiling right now.

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