“I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my Soul’’ - Rumi
At the end of this year I will have completed my 6th year as a yoga teacher! How can that be - I still feel more like a yoga student than a teacher!? And 6 eventful years they have been; from starting off in a cold room with a leaky roof and dodgy floor, to finding myself surrounded by 16 pregnant yoginis in a stunning converted warehouse – I couldn’t have asked for more. And this week I hosted my first event as The Little Plantation: An Urban Yoga Retreat and Nourishing Vegan Brunch!
As I write today’s post and reflect on the point of whether I am a teacher or student, I think it is fair to say I feel more comfortable in the latter role (more about that in a week or two's time;)). But teaching this beautiful movement form and spiritual practice called yoga has been a tremendous learning experience in itself and has allowed me to be a student and teacher all at the same time.
Currently, I hold a dynamic yoga class on a Tuesday evening and a pregnancy yoga class on the weekends (in addition to studying nutrition and working as an adoption social worker I may add ;)). This means that just when others unwind and relax after a long day’s work, I need to go into full ‘working’ mode. That can be tough, you know, and there have been occasions where I would have loved to cuddle up on the sofa with hubby and son instead.
But then, when I’m in that teaching space and when Ravi Shankar’s music starts to play (I NEVER teach without a good tune), then all is forgotten and I feel so very much in the moment. I am sure other yoga teachers out there know exactly what I mean. It’s a really special feeling.
What makes the whole teaching experience even more worthwhile though are my students. I feel so, so lucky to stand in front of such a giving and hard-working group of yogis and yoginis. It’s an utter joy to know and teach them! It is because of them that I am allowed to experience this wonderful thing called teaching yoga in the first place and it is to these lovely group of people that I dedicate today’s post.
My students' support and encouragement gave me the confidence to step out of my comfort zone and take the plunge to host my first event as The Little Plantation: An Urban Yoga Retreat and Nourishing Vegan Brunch!
And what an amazing day it was! We started off with a 2-hour, full on ashtanga yoga session. Blood sweat and tears were duly rewarded with an array of vegan dishes including the sexy watermelon gazpacho, Persian salad, Goldilock's raw vegan porridge and chunky avocado dip from the blog plus some more vegan treats yet to be featured on The Little Plantation;). After a bit of chit chat and lots of giggles, we ended the day with an hour long restorative yoga session that sent everyone off into a dream world...
Thank you girls for your support! Let’s do it again soon.
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