One of the underlying and key things I try to convey to my students is that yoga is us learning about ourselves. And so do I!
I have often found it hard to look directly at students – I sort of look at the body part we are working with. Occasionally I am able to look at someone and crack a joke. It’s simply that it becomes really close when you look at someone, in their eyes. It makes me feel really vulnerable and at present I am a little freaked out if someone comes close. When I was teaching Body Balance/Centergy ( group fitness class based on yoga), it was easy – but then you are on a stage and you have a microphone. Connecting directly is easy then. You are also then dealing with a large number of people. A yoga studio is smaller and people are closer.
So today I plucked up the courage to look at my beautiful students. I connected more directly and so closely with them. It was like having a two way conversation. So I am getting that ego – that vulnerability – out of the way. And so I, too, am learning and growing. ❤