I think the only folks I am missing in these pics is Pam and Jen. Sorry, ladies. I can't believe I didn't take one of either of you. (Of course, you both were featured prominently yesterday.)
We really had another great day. We spent the morning reviewing some more things for beginning yoga and then made a foray into gentle yoga. We had a fabulous potluck lunch together with an impromptu dance party. (Well, not quite a dance party but if there had been a karaoke machine I am sure Pamela would have got something going!) We spent the afternoon returning to the basic templates that John gives in the teacher manual and then applying some of our sequencing concepts to that. I think it all came together nicely and people have a lot to work with.
I ended the day with a question about what people learned. I reflected on one of the major things I learned (again) is how much I enjoy teaching teacher training and how much I love teaching yoga. There really is so much to it and to doing it well- there is knowing the poses, knowing the method, working with different people's psychology (and my own!), enjoying the students and getting to know people on and off the mat, the different variables concerning where and when we teach and so on... Really, it is never dull and for me that is a great thing. No matter how "good" you get there is always a challenge because it is a dynamic endeavor. No matter how popular you are there will always be people who do not like you and/or your classes. So it is a great for boosting and humbling the ego. And because it is Anusara Yoga the best part is we are asked to remind each other and ourselves about great topics of the heart and spirit and stay tuned into the domain of grace no matter how we feel and no matter what is going on for us personally. I love that.
And if we are lucky and if we do our job right we help people along the way. We get to make the world a better place one pose at a time even if just for a brief moment when we help someone learn to go beyond their preconceived notions of themselves and their abilities, when they glimpse something good within themselves, and when yoga comes alive in the choices we make. What a job. It is truly beyond my wildest imaginings for myself.
Thanks to eveyone who came this weekend and made it such an inspirational experience!