Happy Sunday everyone!
I can’t believe in 7 days from today, I’ll be back home! Didn’t I just arrive here? In some ways it feels like I’ve been here for a really long time, but in other ways it feels like I arrived yesterday.
Tomorrow morning I am teaching my first yoga class. It’s a 90 minute class taught to 6 people, 5 of whom are other students in the course, and the sixth is one of the instructors who have been assisting with the course.
I have to admit: I’m not as nervous as I thought I would be. This is not to say that I’m not nervous at all. I’m definitely nervous, but I also feel surprisingly ready. I put together a super fun playlist today to go through my class, and I practiced my entire class earlier today. It had me sweating pretty good (though at 32 degrees, any movement creates sweat!) but I didn’t find it pushed me too hard. Though ask me again at 6 am (when my class is starting)! I decided to go with a playlist that had more modern music to it, rather than typical “yoga” music. As such my playlist comprises of:
Warm-up, centering and setting intention:
Sigur Ros- Tearjoy (not the actual name, Mark renamed it on my iPod- I’ll try and find the real name if you guys are interested)
Blowers Daughter- Damien Rice
The main flow:
Natural Blues- Moby
About Today- The National
Just the way you are- Bruno Mars
Jack and Dianne- John Mellancamp
Bridge to Nowhere- Sam RobertsBlackbird- The Beatles
Forever- Ben Harper
Hallelujah- Jeff Buckley
Gentle Soul- Angel Tears
Try- Nelly Furtado
Another Lonely Day- Ben Harper
Messages- Xavier Rudd
Society- Eddie Vedder
Somewhere over the rainbow- Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
I have to admit that I spent a LOT of time on my playlist. I really wanted to have more uplifting music when the poses were a bit harder (so throughout the sun salutations, Warrior sequence, etc.) but then I wanted to transition to softer music for when we were doing floor work. Then I wanted to pick it up again towards the end for a bit more flow, before ending the class. Thankfully Mark, as a musician, has a ton of music- and I have it all on my iPod! It definitely helped to be able to have such variety available to me.
With the playlist made, my class sequence decided, now there is only time to waste before my first class teaching experience. I can’t wait to share with you guys on how it goes. I also have so much more to tell you- including going on quads, playing in waterfalls, walking along the beach during a lightning storm, and having an amazing astrology reading experience. Plus the many, many experiences I’ve had while here with all the yoga and people. I feel like I could write for ever about these experiences- so expect a ton of catch-up posts once I’m back home!
Until then, I’ll try and get another post up soon! Hope everyone had a great weekend