For Teacher Tuesday I really want to know which teachers have inspired you!
The student mentor tradition has gone on for millenia in yoga! Obviously the exact form has changed! Nowadays we can discover teachers online, and a few of you lovely students found me through facebook!
But which teachers have inspired you and why?
I'll share Andrea Marcum who runs U Studio Yoga in LA. She is brilliant. She is completely humble and open about her not-so-open hips, knowledgeable about the 8 limbs of yoga and her classes are (I quote) 'half sweat half laughter!' Pretty similar to the 'Should be a Half Blue' classes you'll experience tomorrow guys! Which I rate advanced/silly!
Ok, there are disadvantages to following teachers online. Namely, you don't get adjusted and you don't get personalised routines. (and if you haven't discovered the benefits of Savasana yet, you'll probably skip that bit!) (and if you're feeling knackered it's very easy to stop...) However, if you are stuck living in a Holiday Inn during the week, working in a Remaining-Nameless-Humous-Factory near a villiage whose name you can't spell, online classes are just the ticket! Gaiam TV is the best in my humble opinion.
Looking forward to hearing about the teachers who have inspired you!
A rather bashful apologetic lady from the council asked me to move my Yoga Quota A Board that was gracing Cornmarket Street. Apparently it's illegal to have it there, it needs to be directly infront of your premises. Sad times :( That was my 'run in with the law' today!
It could have been better timing really because I had just got my students settled into Savasana when I heard a rather stern voice asking for the owner of Yoga Quota! Luckily, I could close the door quickly without disturbing the students' chill out without even saying:
"focus on your breathing not the stern lady with the name badge!"
Which wouldn't have had the desired relaxing effect.
I thought, having obiediently moved my sign to the alleyway beside Lush where the entrance to Yoga Quota is that the numbers of walk-ins would reduce. Seemingly, the word has got round some of the local people seeking yoga! And so many of them there are too!
If this rate continues, the big 5-0 for The Big Issue may well come round faster than I could have dared dream.
We've all had that Sunday night feeling. The dread for Monday morning. It kind of ruins the evening right? You can't quite settle into your film because you're thinking of your commute or early start. You don't want to go to bed or Monday will come sooner. But you can't relax either!
Well, for once in a lifetime, now I've started Yoga Quota that Sunday night dread is turned on its head! (Cheesy, I'm so very sorry!)
I know my Monday is bringing me some lovely students from Vancouver, a smile from the people in Lush, a tea from Chatime (cutest little tea house in Oxford), lunch from SESI refill. I have to say, the Sunday night feeling is pretty positive tonight.
That said, I have had 12 + years AT LEAST of dealing with 'the dread' and what I did for it is a quick yoga session. Nothing like a child's pose for calming you. Nothing like balancing (or trying to) on one leg to take your mind off Monday!
You still have time. Finish off your week with a mini-asana. Tell me if it makes a difference! I'm about to do mine.
Huffingdon post suggests this:
(yoga can help with most of their suggestions actually)
I suggest this:
Felt rather self conscious walking through Oxford with a Vacuum cleaner, mind.
Not as self conscious as I felt handing out business cards though! Wow, how must the Big Issue Vendors feel after a long day?
I was just handing stuff out for a spell of time. Not even asking for a sale like they have to. And for every 'Ooo yoga? Yes please!' or 'I didn't know there was yoga here....' there was a scuttle-past! The vendors must have a thick skin. Their free class in their health week will be well deserved. I resolve to smile at everyone and anyone handing stuff out on the street from now on!
See you again on Monday!
*for the record....the 7 who came did not include my mum nor hubby who I mentioned yesterday in Butterflies..!. Those two actually only booked out of moral support and are currently in different countries.