Another fun week of teaching. Shared a few intentions this week, but I want to highlight an intention I used in Sunday's Modo 90 and Modo Flow 60 minute.
One of the most important thing we can do as teachers is connect to the vibe of the day. We know this as a student when we practice. Each day is different on the mat. Depending on how much sleep we got the night before, our food and water intake that day (or lack of), our stressors that day...the list goes on. Each time we step on the mat to practice it's different. It's the same when we teach, it's different every time.
As a teacher, the time we spend at the front desk with students really important. On Sunday, I planned an entirely different intention then the one we worked with in. I had planned a high energy class with a sick funk playlist to give it even more amp. That was my energy, it wasn't theirs.
It was super hot & humid out on Sunday. It was also July 5th, which means the day before was Independence day. Haha, I guess as a Canadian I forgot how hard people party on July 4th. So at the last minute we flipped the script. I went with a calmer tone, a calmer mix of music and an intention that could meet them where they were. Aka, hangover recovery. lol.
Yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life.
- Aadil Palkhivala -
ON THE MAT
Yoga always invites us to shape your life. In the Modo practice room we have mirrors, we can see our bodies, but they're there to help us with our alignment. As we get into each posture we can get out of the body; it's not about the shape of our body. As we continue to return to breath and alignment we start to cultivate more awareness. We begin to see where the mind wanders off to and we can return to the present moment on the next inhale.
I reminded the students that every thing they've ever done has brought them to this moment. Otherwise they wouldn't be here. And how they relate to this moment determines their future. How we shape the practice 'in this pose' determines the future of their class. As we moved through the class we kept rooting in this intention. Shaping our life, not our body.
The back drop was a dope mix called "Magic Looking for Magic". This is so yoga to. Another way to say it is, "you looking for you", peeling away the layers of influence or the layers of July 4th partying and shaping our practice with magic.
OFF THE MAT
As the class came to the final Savasana I invited the students to take this intention into the rest of their Sunday. How will you shape the rest of your day? You can choose. Will you shape it with love, compassion, or kindness perhaps? This intention really does lend itself to leaving your mat and practicing yoga all day long. Allow the interactions with your partner or friends to be your yoga practice. When you’re children are frustrating you, let that moment be your yoga practice. When you feel a moment of gratitude for your freedom and independence, that is your yoga practice.
Thanks for reading!