Teaching Yoga is so new to me. My certification was only finished up last September, and I’ve only been teaching since October. I’m still a brand new teacher and every class is a massive chance to learn, grow, and be humbled (and, I’m guessing that’ll be true forever!) In the past three weeks my life has taken a significant shift. I went from teaching 1-2 classes a week (that were both adult classes in the afternoon/evenings, easy to fit in around my husbands schedule) to teaching 6-8 times a week. It’s been a massive shift! While those classes are only 45-60min my prep time is roughly an hour a class, I arrive about 20-35min early, and I stay about 10-15min after. So, for me and my family, we went from me working 2-4 hours a week to me working right about 20-25. All in the one fell swoop. And? It’s been amazing.
Like, unexpectedly everything I need. I work with incredible and supportive women at all of the studios I’m affiliated with (I’ll link them all at the end!) and all of the spaces are women owned and ran. I can’t tell you how mind blowing it is to come into a workplace and be thanked, told how appreciated you are, and regularly reminded of how much they want you there. I’m getting to create my own classes that wholly reflect my heart, what I enjoy, and how I’ve found feels best to move my body. Being allowed a space to convey that and attempt to pass it on in some degree is. . . magical.
I’m also learning a lot, and endlessly. Often letting students know “I’ll do some more research and get back to you!” and letting people know that they know their bodies better than anyone else, for SURE including any yoga teacher. My skill set, sequencing, knowledge, and mostly my confidence, is growing. Slow and steady. And? People are growing right along with me! I have the pleasure of having several regularly attending students that I’m getting to watch grow in SO much strength, balance, and flexibility. It’s mind blowing to get to witness and cultivate a space for that.
When I get on my mat to teach it feels like all of the best parts of me show up. That I can be wholly myself in that hour, embodying my flaws and honesty, and really bringing my heart to other people. Vulnerably allowing them them to take it on, and then rejoicing in just how incredible it is to be accepted as myself so whole heartedly. The words I say, the woo-woo intention setting and breath work that fills me up so deeply, and the body positive beliefs I hold to my very core, are all there. On their mats and on mine. And I cannot fathom what luck I have to get to feel that fire and excitement so many times a week.
All of this time spent has left me shifting where I spend my other hours. While adding these classes I’ve still maintained homeschooling my two girlies (kinder and second grade), feeding our family, meal planning and prepping, keeping up with writing deadlines I still had, and being sure to still prioritize my home yoga practice (that’s where I find most of my inspiration!) and consequently. . . blogging went quiet.
I’ll be fully transparent here. I thought about quitting.
And then I felt that twinge I feel every time I think about that. And I remember. I can’t. I’m wired to write it down. I’m created to share it. Whatever It may be at the moment. I’m still finding my new footing with this schedule. For example; it’s Monday and just hardly 7am. I’ve been up since 4:30am and already taught a Power Yoga class at a studio. I came home to hot tea I’d prepped and all the rest of my house asleep. And finally, finally, sat down to write. The space in my brain to put words down is opening wide again as my body stretches out in this new schedule that I couldn’t quite fathom just two weeks ago.
The rhythm is close by. And I’m finding myself in it in ways that I couldn’t have dreamed.
So, expect the same here. And different. More about work/life/they’re the same, balance. More about REALLY quick recipes. More about how to be married and both working when that has NEVER been the case. More about homeschooling and working. More about yoga. More about bodies. Just, more.
I’m bubbling over. And tired beyond words. And so excited to see what’s next.
Just seven months ago I wrote this;
CURRENT YOGA DREAMS;
- day long self-care yoga retreat.
- Yoga in the park, family friendly, weekly.
- Finding a consistent way/space/people to teach.
I’ve got a day long retreat in the works, family and teen yoga weekly, consistent and incredible students arriving to my classes every week. My heart is so full.
To come and practice with me, here is my current schedule and links to the studios I work with!
Monday 5:30-6:15AM Strong Flow
Wednesday 6-6:45AM Strong Flow
Friday 7-8PM Pop Flex (cardio intervals!)
Sunday 4:30-5:30PM Self Care Flow
Imagination Yoga (ages 3-8) 4:30-5:15pm
Teen/Tween Yoga 6:30-7:30
Private Lessons, inquire for availability.
I LOVE teaching private events; Birthday parties (all ages, adults too!), bachelorette parties, or whatever you dream up!