Learn Something New Every Day?

Wednesday morning (when I wrote this) was my first Vinyasa class after officially beginning yoga teacher training.  The funny thing was, it actually felt a little bit different, but not in the way that I expected.  I had wondered if I would be able to keep my attention in the moment during class, or if I would be constantly analyzing it in terms of teacher training and my own future classes.  Interestingly, that wasn’t a problem and wasn’t the difference I felt.  Instead, I think I felt more “in that place” than I usually do in a class.

I don’t know if this was just a happy coincidence or related to starting training, but it was an excellent class for me, and not because I was so great at things (harkening back to my previous admissions of competition/perfection).  In every pose, I just felt perfectly fine and happy being in that pose.  There was no wondering when it would be over or how I was doing in comparison to others.  There was no self-critique.  It was delightful!

So, what did I learn?  Well, I’m not sure, as I don’t know if I somehow did this or it just happened randomly.  But, I definitely reaffirmed for myself that, if I can really stay present in class, the experience feels so much better (in a whole being way – even if some poses are still painful for my joints) than it does when I am allowing my brain to crowd out the moment I am experiencing.

And, that’s something, right?


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One Response to Learn Something New Every Day?

  1. Erik says:

    Yes! For sure! Learn something new every day!

    I try to learn something new from every teacher, every class. All of what I learn from them is good. Even if there is something that may not be ‘good’, I learn that there may be different ways to do it.

    I try to learn something new from my students. They have taught me so much about asana, strength, bravery, & courage.

    What is a learning surprise, is when I have a self discovery. They came fast and furious during teacher training, but they continue to this day.

    “Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” ~ Chinese Proverb


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