It’s probably no surprise, especially if you’ve been following these letters for some time now, just how much I love teaching yoga. Yes, I need breaks from “teaching,” but there are very, very few days that go by where I’m not talking about yoga. This is what I do. Teaching is where I feel in a state of “flow,” where time stops and passes quickly all at the same time.
Now that the studio is now a school, too, I’m infinitely curious about how others feel teaching yoga, specifically, our teacher trainees. At the close of every Teacher Training weekend, I ask the trainees to pick one word to questions like, What is one thing you’ve learned? How would you describe the past few days? Most recently, I asked, How does it feel to share yoga?
I always answer these questions with the group, too, and the word that came up in my head surprised me. My mind jumbled for a few seconds as folks shared their words - inspiring, loving, joyful, laughter - before finally landing on… Patience. So, I said it with some confusion, and then went home to think about it...you know...after getting baby bear to bed.
I’ve never thought about my yoga practice or teaching yoga as a practice of patience. Reducing stress. Yes. Getting inspired. Yes. Sweating out frustration or confusion. Yes. Sharing connection. Yes. But, patience?? Well, that word hadn’t crossed my thoughts...at least not directly. But, actually patience makes total sense. There are big themes that yoga encourages us to open up and experience, like learning to:
- Tune in
- Find clarity
- Be honest
- Get curious
And, these things don’t happen overnight, right? They certainly don’t for me. There’s a quote from Pattabhi Jois: “Practice and all is coming.” Of course. Face meet palm. Yoga teaches us to have patience. It teaches us that good things are worth waiting for, working for. Yoga encourages us to be patient with our bodies, with our hearts. It lets us know that we need patience to understand why we have the thoughts we have, the fears, the doubts, the anxieties.
Yoga teaches us to have faith in the continuous unfolding of our journeys. You are the creator of your story. Have patience as you write each chapter. As always, I do love hearing from you. If this letter would brighten the day of someone you love, please share.
P.S. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be rolling out a series of studio announcements. Spring means new beginnings, right? We’ll share the first in just a few days! Please follow along as our own Yoga Dear story continues to unfold.