I find myself in an actual yoga class AT an actual yoga studio this week and the teacher says the word "spontaneous".
How fitting to this practice as I spontaneously checked the studio schedule and spontaneously got to the class. I didn't think I'd make it (my yoga mat was tucked in my trunk just in case!)
This is my first class in a studio in probably a year. WHY? Because I'll admit, my yoga practice has not been spontaneous but well scheduled to make it fit into a busy life. It's like the adage, if it's not scheduled, it does not get done!
So, it was very fitting for me that at the beginning of practice, she spoke of a word that reflected so much of what being there really meant!
Spontaneous also had another meaning in the class this week...not for me but for the teacher. She said something like this to me after class (this is our first meeting), "Boy what a class. I'm a much better yoga teacher than that".
I felt a bit sorry for her. What I haven't mention was that there was nine other moms and babies in the room. And as always, in a postnatal class, babies will cry and moms need to be spontaneous. We need to address our babies' wants and needs in that moment. And what I think the teacher feared was that she too needed to be spontaneous with her asana selections based on who was holding a baby, how many babies were fussy, where babies were positioned on the mats etc., etc.
How much of our yoga practice is spontaneous? How much of our lives are spontaneous?
Come to think of it, there is a piece of my yoga practice and life that has become quite spontaneous. Before kids, it was always Friday after work practice that was my yoga. Now with two kids, I get it done when it gets done...kinda harsh but true.
Planned or spontaneous, what is better? I know planned is more my style. Yet, my thought is a balance of both is probably the best.
And to keep things planned, I'm going to go to class again next week!
Aspiring Yoga Teacher
I've practiced yoga since I was a pre-teen and have always found it to keep me centered. I will be a teacher one day and this is my journey to discover teaching and practice.