On Sunday, I finished up the classroom portion of Yogafit Level 1. Leaving the first day a bit negative, I realized I needed to focus on my attitude. On day two, my intention was to stay present, get as much as possible about of the training, and connect with others. At the end of the day, I felt much more excited about my yoga teaching future.
To complete level one, I must teach 8 hours of yoga to a population that normally would not have the opportunity to benefit from the practice. I’m currently looking for a refugee center near our home in Tacoma that I could connect with. If this doesn’t look like it will be possible, I plan to ask the YWCA if I could serve women at their shelter. My plan is to keep it local–I want to be as present as possible in our new neighborhood. Either way, I’m looking forward to the opportunity!
One of the things that Yogafit instructors are encouraged to communicate throughout their classes is the “Yogafit Essence”. All seven of them are not only valuable on the mat, but also in life. Here they are:
1. Breathing: Yoga breathing is usually done through the nose. Its focus is on using full breaths, bringing optimal oxygen to the body and relaxing the mind.
2. Feeling: Yoga is not so much about seeing as it is feeling. Sure, you can look in a mirror to see where your body is in space, but being able to feel the pose or the movement is invaluable and it keeps your mind away from self-judgement.
3.Listening to the body: Pain and pleasure are our bodies ways of communicating yes and no to us. How does the body receive the pose? How does it differ from yesterday?
4. Letting go of competition: This is difficult for many of us. Yoga is not about winning or losing. It’s about being present with yourself and loving your body and where it is at on any given day at any given moment.
5. Letting go of Judgement: of ourselves and others–who cares what I look like in a certain pose if it feels good? And who the heck am I to judge what my neighbor looks like in downward dog?
6. Letting go of Expectations: expectations often lead to anxiety and disappointment. We’re all we need to be right now.
7. Staying in the Present Moment: This can be ridiculously difficult. My mind loves to wander about. When we stay present, focusing only on the here and now, we are open to truly receive the blessings the moment has to offer.
We get internet at our apartment tomorrow so I will be more regular with my posts! Here’s an article my Auntie Shawn shared with me. Check it out.