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Teaching from the Heart

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If there is one thing I have learned in my ten years of teaching, it’s that whatever is going on in your life, whatever news you have just received, however you feel, when you walk in those studio doors nothing matters but the people in front of you.

At times this can be a welcome reprieve, at other times one of the hardest things we can do. The question is how can we teach authentically, staying in the present and at the same time pretend nothing is wrong?

A difficult question, one that is complex to answer. Depending on the class we are teaching, “faking it” may be the easiest solution, and we may even be surprised that the moment the music comes on or our heart rate elevates, so does our mood. Our minds clear and we can surrender our self to the movement and to the energy of the class. At other times, such as the slow flow of Yoga this can be more difficult.

I think it’s important to always honour how we feel, as we learn valuable lessons by listening to our bodies both physically but also mentally. We are able to tap in and often save ourselves from what can quickly become a downward spiral. We also travel a fine line as we try to maintain this balance between being true to ourselves and being professional as teachers and checking our problems at the door. Sometimes we have to dig a little deeper to find ourselves, but we always will. Joyfulness is a state of mind and attitude is everything. As we cue our class to be present, let’s listen and do the same for our self.

Helpful hints:

1. Take time to breathe. We always begin our classes asking our students to separate themselves from their worlds outside the studio doors, let’s take that same advice and breathe with them.

2. Silence is golden. Don’t be afraid to take time for yourself during your class to quietly reflect and find your words. 3.Allow your students to be your inspiration. The connections we make with our students are invaluable. Just as we can change their entire day with a simple smile, they can do the same for us.

Yours in Happiness and Health - Namaste,

Lisa xo

By: Lisa Greenbaum, Director of YogaFit Canada & YogaFit Master Trainer