This morning I posted a video before teaching yoga at YogaStudio8 in Palm Coast and warmed up by skating around while listening to Flo Rida. Frankly I don’t know if there are particular conventions when it comes to how a yoga teacher is supposed to warm up, but I find what works for me is by doing things that feel good.
Skating feels good <3
It wasn’t always this way, but eventually I started thinking less, and doing more. And then I started to like it 🙂
Just as there are all kinds of yoga instructors, there are so many different yogis. This morning, we had such a cool, real, down-to-earth group, and we had a brand-new yogi in the group!
Teaching someone’s first practice is a HUGE honor, and by the end, all were pleased, especially our new student. We all talked after, as often is the case after someone’s first class (hell after classes as a whole), and shared personal stories. Particularly in regard to substance abuse.
We had all experienced hurt and we all knew what it’s like to get hooked on something that controls us, and it’s all just to fill a void. I told them my old story was titled Angry.
We all related on that one!
So, whether you’re a bad ass derby girl (I was still on skates when they came in) or a tough-looking Harley riding tattooed fella, the fact of the matter is beneath that veneer is a soft heart that just wants to be happy and loved.
That is what we did on our mats <3
It’s always an immensely proud moment when somebody embarks on something the first time with a good attitude and curiosity. As a yoga instructor, it gives me so much joy to see people pausing from their practice to make any adjustments, to hydrate, or to give themselves a break and come out of postures if it’s too intense. It took me a very long time in my own practice to learn how to do this. Took me a long time to learn to be kind to myself. It literally happened during the last practice in our teacher training program, and I’m so grateful that it truly sunk in, sealing one of the most important lessons in my training.
Be kind to yourself <3
Onto the 30 Days of Skating challenge!
4 days in, and the collage-creating is way too fun, and the content is fantastic 🙂
We are having WAY too much fun!
Christy, the owner of YogaStudio8, appreciates authenticity <3
I’m doing a lot of coaching right now on receptivity to a win-win approach, and this is something that I found early on in my personal derby career. I learned that I had ideas that expanded past one particular league, past my region, beyond things that I had been exposed to. Interacting with skaters from around the world at RollerCon last year further open my eyes, & I started seeing beyond leagues, regular bouts, typical derby events, and derby-specific skating. I got into skate life, enjoyed skating for the sake of skating, with no reason or attachment. And here we are, 2200 skaters in on a worldwide challenge, showing that skate life is far beyond a sport, a style, a type of person.
It was with a win-win perspective that I personally have been able to accept my role in a sport that I’ve grown to love, and to be grateful that I am able to skate 🙂
Day 4, and so much more!