What I have learned in One Year of Teaching Yoga
Today marks my one year anniversary of teaching my first public class. I’ve taught over 251 hours while working a full-time job. This year has been a huge learning experience for me. HUGE!
I’ll be very honest: for awhile I struggled finding “Lindsay’s Style,” and trust me, that style will change and evolve each year. The two most important lessons I’ve learned this year are to continue educating myself and to be authentic in my delivery. Education and authenticity speak volumes and students (including myself when I’m practicing) appreciate those two elements. I knew when teacher training was over that it was actually just the beginning of my journey and I still feel that way.
I have so many more books to read, workshops to attend, classes to take, and I look forward to that. Yoga is a science and yoga evolves, so continuing my education is critical. Getting in the classroom and teaching taught me so much about how to study a person’s body, modifications, and alignment.
Personal Yoga Practice
I’ve also made a commitment to myself to be dedicated to my personal practice. My physical practice was my first love before teaching and I commit myself to it, even if it means getting up earlier than usual. My personal practice is what keeps me constantly inspired and eager to write out my sequences. I get inspired by other teachers, other forms of exercise besides yoga, and sometimes even dance choreography. When inspiration hits you, it just hits you. I keep a notebook on me and when I’m inspired, I write it out and piece things together to design a sequence. Yes, I write out all my sequences because to me, it’s therapeutic in some interesting way, and I keep all my sequences and review them.
Each class I teach, I learn something new. It’s crazy. I continuously learn from students; it’s indescribable and humbling. It could be a minor movement or a facial expression in a certain pose and it teaches me how it’s not about how I feel in the pose but what different people may feel as well. I’m very grateful for veteran teachers that have taken time to inspire and groom me, and the students that return to my classes. I’m grateful for connecting with everyone inside and outside the classroom, students laughing at my stupid jokes, giving me feedback, holding forearm planks, and many other things. Most importantly, I’m grateful for others embracing and accepting me. I’m so grateful for being able to do something I truly love and seeing people that I adore and being inspired to come back bigger and better each time. Students inspire me so much. When I have a challenging day, I think about their dedication to their practice and how hard they work which has a huge ripple effect on me. It truly does not get better than that. I wake up excited to teach every day.
Here’s to another year of learning, growing, practicing, and some more forearm planks. 🙂