Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Dang Quad Stretch on the Left Side



The other day at my Friday night class, I forgot to teach a pose on the second side. Here's the embarrassing part: it was kind of the peak pose. To be honest, I felt pretty bad about it after and wished someone had told me. Side note: if you're ever in a yoga class and the teacher forgets something and you notice, tell them, they want you to.

I felt lousy about it and it was one of the first things I thought of when I woke up the next morning. But then, there's this other part of me that knows I'm growing when something like that happens, and I sorta like it.

When I first started teaching, I was wrapped so tightly around teaching a great class and not messing anything up, it wasn't cool. I pulled it off, if anything, folks thought I was mellow, but I was not relaxed while teaching people to be relaxed. Now, I'm relaxed. I'm still the boss of the thing, and by no means am I as relaxed as I want my students to be, but I'm breathing deeply with them.

Growing up and relaxing around things is groovy. And when it didn't feel groovy, I had this prayer from my friend Dona to keep me focused. We have no idea who wrote it:

"I do not seek perfection. 
I simply seek to remember who and what I am everyday. 

I seek the people, places and practices that support the expanding of this awareness 
in my day, my life and my choices.

Creator, 
I am grateful for the forgiveness of the thoughts, feelings, actions and 
deeds that have caused any disharmony in my sacred space and the 
sacred space of all my relations. 

I release any thoughts, feelings, 
actions and deeds that have caused
disharmony and fill the space where 
they have been with love and 
forgiveness.

It is so. 
Thank you, thank you, thank you."

Yep, this is me, filling that space where there was meant to be a quad stretch with love and forgiveness.

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