Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, demonstrating the S...

T. Krishnamacharya, scorpion pose. Wow.

Thank you, nine fabulous yoga friends who came to practice with me today at estudio hot yoga. Today was my seventh class, and I ditched the extremely detailed notes in favor of a simple outline.

Scary? Yes, yes. But in the back of my mind, the encouraging words of my teachers, colleagues, and friends that “it’s in there,” great energy in the room, and some ujjayi breathing calmed my fears. I stumbled a few times, skipped a pose in the outline (eagle, garudasana), and went a little over the hour during savasana (need to work on my timing prior to; savasana too important to shorten).

But it felt so much better. There was more of a connection to my students rather than worrying about nailing every anatomical cue. I even got to step away from the mat a few times to assist, where I look forward to going more often as my education progresses.

“Teach what is in you, not as it applies to you, to yourself, but as it applies to the other.” — T. Krishnamacharya