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Even yoga is an adventure

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I am in the process of recertifying for yoga level 1 teaching. The adventure came when we videotaped an actual class. I wrote a short note to the people issuing my certification and I wanted to share it with you. Yoga itself is always an adventure, but my classes are particularly eventful as we are all seniors. Perhaps in sharing this little note, you will understand the adventure just a little bit better:

Dear Marie:
I thought you might be interested in the fact that I only teach seniors–a truly interesting and fulfilling job. They come to the rec center for health and to socialize and we are certainly not a typical yoga class. We laugh and talk, all the while bending, stretching and twisting.
My greatest concern is that no one get hurt while in my class. We will never get the poses perfectly–in fact I tell them that if they don’t hurt somewhere, then they didn’t have much fun while growing up. I am very aware of the replacement parts some of them have–hips, knees, shoulders, and the possibility of high blood pressure. I have had three ladies with breast cancer taking my class as they went thru the process. Now they have some neuropathy from the chemo, but we manage just the same.
They are a loyal group and we form some wonderful bonds. I love them all and they love me (well, they say they do). We hug and share joy and sorrow with each other.
One of my guys lost a son recently to an accident and he has continued to come to yoga for the love and support he receives. Many of them have formed lasting friendships in my classes.
Because it is a government building, I am limited in what I can discuss, but I do share chakra info, mudras, meditation techniques–that sort of stuff. It is never not noisy in the building, so real meditation is not possible, but they are learning to “ignore the distractions.”
I did buy those squishy ear plugs, but they don’t use them either. I say either because they are all type A’s and it is a struggle to get them to use props. Since they are all adults, it’s hard to just insist, but sometimes I do. It is very important to take them all as individuals. I sometimes feel as if I am walking on eggshells. This is a small town and word gets around pretty fast, so I have to be nice–which means I have to pick my battles.
Yoga has been a joy in my life and I try to make it so in theirs. For me that is the true spirit of yoga and I hope I can still teach when I reach 80 (only 12 years away).
Thank you so much for all your help.
I was reluctant to view the video, but I needed to make sure the content was there. I found I did do an adequate job of instruction and that I have a wonderful group of people around me.
Every yoga class is an adventure. Each person is unique in their needs and abilities. As the instructor, I must figure it all out so that everyone has a good time and learns new skills to help them as they age. I love what I do and I will do it as long as I can.
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And A Happy New Year

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jewelry 9-14 041While I never make New Year’s Resolutions, I’m making one today. I plan to pay more attention to my blog with stuff I hope will be helpful. I didn’t really know what I was doing when I set this up, but I know more now. Although this is an adventure, art blog, I hope to redefine those terms for you and myself because I am finding that just being alive is an adventure.
Life is full of wonderful, exciting experiences. We have such a beautiful planet and so much to be grateful for. My focus will be on this. So, if you’re reading this blog buckle up for a fun ride.
Blessings for the upcoming year!