Monday, May 20, 2013
My friend, mentor, and master of purpose, Mike, told me soon after I started teaching (and I'm paraphrasing) "Congrats! Now, can you sub for me on ..." It was meant in jest, but it was an accurate representation of the environment a new yoga teacher is suddenly immersed in once he or she begins to teach.
Illness, injury, vacation, and fatigue, friends from out of town, or multi-person swaps all become reasons why schedules are shuffled. Those of us who are green and new to the experience are all too apt to pick up extra classes. Those who have been teaching for a long time seem to be less apt to fall on their swords, perhaps having already done so on many occasions only to reach burnout and exhaustion themselves.
There is a tangible excitement to being a part of something which is growing, even when that growth seems at times out of control.
In the midst of it all, however, true colors are seen. Some of the experienced, some of the leaders, step forward to help others and take charge. The intricacies of how words are expressed, of how people help each other, becomes a microcosm of life, of society, of interaction.
It all continues to enlighten me.