The weekly truth #1

This last week has been rather interesting for me. I went bouldering on Monday and I absolutely loved it. I’ve been before, but not for a while. I’m not sure why I decided to go Bouldering again but it was a great decision. It gets me out of my head and it’s a great workout (on top of my yoga practice). So much of a workout that I’ve been aching for over two days after. I’m not much of a workout girl and apart from yoga that is. Nevertheless I decided to go every week, as I like the way it makes me feel.

Mid week I had to go to the dentist, which was a horrible experience as the anaesthetic didn’t take properly (again) and I wasn’t able to move the left side of my face for all of Wednesday afternoon. The experience however, taught me to look after myself and take time off if I need to, to be able to heal (body or mind).

I started my home practice up again. I’m practicing again straight after I get up and I feel so much better for it. My own practice has really suffered in the past few months, which isn’t great as yoga helps me connect to myself. It also gives me head space to create sequences for my classes.

On Saturday, the studio I teach at had their 5 year Birthday celebration and I was teaching my two classes. For some reason I was excited but scared at the same time, something I haven’t felt in a while. These days I’m fairly comfortable teaching my yoga classes but this time seemed to be slightly different, not sure if it was because I didn’t know anyone in my first class, or because the sequence that I was going to teach was quite different to what I normally teach. Nevertheless, I nearly had a full class and once I started teaching it was fine. It’s funny how the energy can be so different in two different classes with pretty much the same sequence. The base sequence was the same but I always change the sequence on the fly, depending on the energy in the class. This also pretty much always ends up in me mixing up body parts, such as “put you hips underneath your shoulders”, er, what? My students usually laugh about it, which also changes the energy in the room if it’s quite serious. When I started teaching I was really quite worried about mixing body parts or left and rights up, but I’m only human and these days I just make a joke out of it. At the end of the day us yoga teachers aren’t perfect and to me I’m not about being perfect, I wanna be authentic when I stand in front of my class and teach the class. That’s more important to me than being perfect and if I mix up body parts/ lefts and rights, who cares? It makes my classes more fun and less serious.

As part of the 5 year celebration, I also managed to go to a class myself. Straight after my first class was a Kundalini class, so I joined that class. I’ve never been to a Kundalini class before (though I do add some Kundalini meditations to my pregnancy yoga classes) so was very happy to be able to try it. It’s so different to what I’m used to in a class, I enjoyed it but with all the attention on breathing I struggled a bit during class. I just embraced that and went at my own pace and then started to enjoy it more. There a lot of energy in Kundalini and I only noticed once I had a moment to myself after I taught my second class. It can be quite a powerful tool, I think, but for me personally, I don’t think I will practice Kundalini on a regular basis but it’s gonna be a nice addition every now and then to my normal practice. It’s always good to try new styles of yoga/different teachers, so don’t let me experience put you off.

This is it from me this week, hope you will be joining me again next week.

Jen x

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