When I first finished my yoga therapy training, I wanted my focus to be on working with people one-on-one.Yoga therapy uses tools of yoga to address specific health concerns and a holistic approach to healing that supports each person based on their individual needs.
Living in the United States, people are used to the paradigm of group classes. Newbies to yoga often come to me hoping to be a part of a group class for beginners. And, I love to teach beginners. So, I made a compromise between my focus and passion for one-on-one work and decided to teach small-group classes of about four to six, maximum ten people.
I have fallen in love with teaching small groups!
I teach my "Wednesday Wiggle" class for a midweek break and a chance to loosen up with a little wiggle and yoga. I teach a small group of four women who I've been working with for about three months. We laugh, share a little bit about our personal lives and then get to the business of loosening up.
It is the serious business of focusing our attention on our breath for meditative work, then a little shake and wiggle of the limbs to warm up and into a gentle practice especially geared for professional women and men who have worked all day. Work is in the office or at home taking care of the children and a busy home. We end with what I consider Desert for Yogees: an active relaxation meditation. All of my students: from my small groups to couples to individuals to war veterans with PTSD find the active relaxation a sublime respite, a chance to rest without complaint of the busy and active mind.
My joy is in creating a community. As we part ways, the ladies awaken to the light in the room and a light feeling in their chests. We chatter and share stories, leaving with a smile on our faces ready to greet the world and life knowing we are both part of a community and one with the world.