So my Thursday Basic this morning, just saying, such a pleasant feeling. Sometimes it’s just a good feeling between the people in the room. Sometimes not a lot of people, but the ones who are there can fill it up with their warmth…. Speaking of which, nice to see Evelyn again, and hear some of her good news.
Because attendance was low I was tempted to change my sequence in small ways (such as leaving out a bit of patter about what I call the ABC’s of yoga, but last night another student had sent me a link to an article called “10 Tips for Teaching Yoga To All Levels” by Karen Fabian, because she (my student) and I had talked about some of the stresses involved in that, and I liked it, especially this first tip: “1. Stick to your basic sequence. Yes, I know this sounds crazy. Why would you want to stick to a basic sequence if you see that there are people with varying degrees of yoga experience in your class? Because this is going to help you keep it simple for those that are new as well as make it challenging for those that are more experienced. Keep modifications in mind in both directions; actions to make the pose more challenging as well as actions to dilute the posture. Just about every pose has an approach to go in either direction. However, chances are you’ll forget to suggest them if you’re thinking about what comes next in your sequence” So I decided to just stick to the program, and in the end I felt that was a fine strategy. It all worked. Margaret for one told me afterward how much she loved this class. Sometimes it’s good to improvise and be flexible in terms of the sequence, but often enough if you stick with the original intent than it’s less distracting, as Fabian describes.
By the way I haven’t been posting here much lately, but that’s mainly because I’m channeling my writing energy into my essays for publication. But I do want to put forth some updates on occasion, here ya go.