We have been hypnotized my friends. Hyper-sexualized advertising, unrealistic TV shows, and a society that pins gold medals on our chests for how busy we can make ourselves have hypnotized us. We have been hypnotized into believing that we are not already worthy, that we are not enough, our bodies are not beautiful, and that we'd better make up all of that deficiency in some way or god only knows what will happen.
A lot of practitioners in my classes lately have been talking to me about having some mild insomnia and mental fatigue. Energetically this is quite normal for the spring, and it is exacerbated by the emotional stress we all feel from the marathon anniversary as well as the sudden warm weather.
From a very early age, I have been called anything from "emotional" to "too sensitive" to "you take things too hard". For a long time in my life, I thought these were things about me that needed to be fixed, that somehow my emotional sensitivity was a bad thing.
The quality of sequencing in a yoga class determines the quality of a class as much as the quality of the teacher. "Sequencing" has become one of the major elements in continuing education for yoga teachers. We hear about "innovative" sequencing or "dynamic" sequencing being able to lead to easier advanced poses, deeper flexibility, and powerful strength.
Newer teachers, I want to give you a word of advice that I really hope will help you and empower your teaching. When you are subbing a class for a well-known senior teacher, don't ever start with a sheepish, "Hi everyone, I know I'm not so and so but thank you for coming anyway. . ." It's so unnecessary, and so unfair to you.
I sense other people's feelings. I don't know how, and I don't know why, but I do. I have been doing it my whole life but only recently have begun to understand it. No, it doesn't make me Obe Wan Kenobe, but I guess a girl can dream! Basically, what it just means is I can sense in my own body the felt states of other people, be it one person or an entire group of people.
Modern Yoga has been growing at a phenomenal rate over the last few years. I still am amazed by how much the industry has expanded since I started teaching in 2005. With this growth there are more and more of us practitioners who have been doing yoga for a long time. We have moved through the phase of simple asana. We have tried being vegetarian, vegan, raw vegan, giving up coffee, going back on coffee, meditating, stopping meditating and feeling guilty about it, tried Reiki, massage, not to mention vows of poverty, chastity, and six trips to India. And you know what I see? For the most part, we are still confused.
1. You can blame and play victim, but ultimately your life is your responsibility.
2. Not everyone has to like you.
3. And you don't have to like everyone.
4. There's a difference between liking someone and loving someone.
I love it when people say they are "very intuitive" as if they expect some sort of applause and lots of "oos" and "ahs." Intuition is not some great mystery nor is it a gift reserved for a privileged few. We are all intuitive, and we can all develop and refine this gift at anytime.
It's a brave new world, and a little thrilling, to come out with my own blog! I'll be talking some yoga tips, some meditation, some of the lessons that I've learned over the years, and the lessons I continue to learn. And if you know me, you will definetely find an opinion or 2!