I am hosting yoga classes on our back porch. I invited some of my neighbors and friends to participate and we have been meeting on Thursday evenings.
Many of them have never done yoga before and I try to remember what it was like to be a beginner. As I find my instructors voice I can observe their effort and adjust postures accordingly.
Patty, a new yogini and friend, was visiting from Georgia, came to two sessions. She said, “Sorry I had to miss my last class with the best instructor ever!! Thanks for letting me partake!” I didn’t even have to pay her to write that.
Another night one of my yogini’s got stuck in a posture. She said, “I am going to need help coming down from this position, we all laughed, the others were grateful they didn’t get stuck too.
One day one of my yogini’s got delayed in traffic, when she arrived she was as wound up as she could be. After looking at her we had to pause for her energy level to go down a bit and her grace to take over. We gave her a few moments to relax her shoulders, unclench her jaw, and bend her head forward to let some of the blood run to her head which sounds sort of awful but is very focusing.
If you are not familiar with yoga the final pose of the session is a corpse pose or savasana. The yogin lies on their back relaxing anything that is not relaxed, including their mind, giving permission to just be in the moment. This is the source of my only complaint. It wasn’t long enough.
They tell me their bodies are feeling better, more flexible and relaxed, they look forward to Thursdays. We talk about following the breathe and how it calms the entire system. We explore inverted postures, relax in restorative postures, and we take time to focus and meditate.