Since I’ve been working full-time for the past 2.5 years, I’m feeling a little out-of-practice. I kept practicing at least 2-3 times a week during that period, but that’s really not enough for a yoga teacher (so I gave up my last class a few months ago). When you’re practicing 5, 6, 7+ times a week, you don’t have to demo a pose in order to feel it and give good instructions. Your muscle memory is so strong that you can look at a student and know what they’re feeling. You can teach a class without any planning, because at each pose you know what would feel right next.
Now, I’m feeling heavy and scatterbrained. My muscles ache in just about every pose. My ego is obsessed with how I compare to others in the room. I sit down but can’t focus; my brain is still practicing multi-tasking.
So this week, my first off, I’ve gone to 2 Vinyasa classes at my local studio, and done a Kundalini DVD. It’s nice to let someone else plan the sequence; I can just focus on 100% effort (and accommodating my hip strain). I just have to conquer the first hurdle — getting there — on my own, and they can lead me through the rest.