My husband loves football. Playing it, watching it, reffing it - he loves it all. Often he talks about how the quarterback needs to have short term memory. For example, if the QB throws an interception, he needs to forget about it right away and move on. Talk about a practice of being present!
Teachers need to be this way too. It's a practice to become comfortable with because I remember when I first started teaching, I second guessed a lot of what I said and did. Analyzing every class after and sometimes during thinking why did I say that?? was that too hard?? Eventually I learned to stay connected into my heart and my intuition and to teach through those spaces. But every once in awhile something happens and there is a real challenge to stay focused and fully present. I had the fortune of this experience last night.
I began my class as usual and just as we were tuning in Ollie started barking LOUDLY. Now I live in a condo with hard wood floors and we don't have a lot of things that absorb sound. When he barks- even though I'm in a room with the door closed - you can hear it. And I knew that I had foolishly left the back door open and little Harry from upstairs was probably outside our door having a barkfest with Ollie. Lesson 1 learned - close that door before teaching. As we finished tuning in, I pressed mute and yelled OLLIE!!! And immediately after, I questioned did I hit mute?? I had to immediately put this out of my mind and move forward with class. Yes barking is annoying and there is never a good time for it during class, but we are also practicing yoga to allow us to be present with chaos around us so thank you Ollie for giving us an opportunity to practice that. Worrying if I pressed mute was going to rob me from being fully present with my class so I pushed it to the back of my mind.
And guess what? I DIDN"T PRESS MUTE!! 🤦🏻♀️ As we chatted after class, my class lovingly let me know. Needless to say I was mortified and felt awful. But sitting in those feelings also doesn't serve me. So I let it go as I write this blog. We all can ask for a little extra grace to cover us. In fact last night we meditated on this phrase: "To remain graceful in the most ungraceful times is our true human worth".
I am an animal loving-Vegan runner, I practice and teach Kundalini Yoga and I love to cook and eat flavorful plant-based food.