“Teaching yoga is about accepting the student for where they are at when they walk in the door and providing a supportive environment for them to explore their practice and grow at their own pace.” – Wendy
We are getting ready to wrap up another year. Closing out 2017 and preparing to welcome in 2018. Each year, I like to take time to evaluate why I am doing the things I am doing. Sometimes that exploration validates what I am doing and other times it helps me see that something different needs to be explored. This week I am really looking at my “why” for my business. Why am I a yoga teacher? Why do I have the studio? Am I meeting the mission of the studio, etc. I thought you all might like to hear my why.
The above quote was written many years ago when I took my 200 hour teacher training. It’s the first sentence in my “Teacher’s Philosophy” that I wrote when I thought I was just taking teacher training to learn more about yoga. I had no intentions of ever teaching yoga when I took teacher training. As it turns out, that Teaching Philosophy I wrote all those years ago is the cornerstone of my philosophy today and the foundation of my studio.
When people come to Om Prana Yoga, they may have never been in a studio before, they may feel trepidation at the thought of practicing yoga in front of others, they may worry about being too inflexible, maybe a little overweight and/or perhaps they just don’t do well around other people. All of these things are exactly why we opened Om Prana Yoga. I love that I offer a service that makes other people feel great emotionally and physically. I love presenting new things for people to consider or try that might make a positive influence in their lives. We accept students for where they are when they walk through our door and we provide a supportive environment in which to grow.
I love sharing yoga with with others because my personal yoga practice has never judged my imperfections. My mat always accepts me for where my body is today. Sometimes, my hips hurt or my shoulders are tender and weary. Sometimes I just need the inner silence where others aren’t talking to me, asking me for rides or what is for dinner. My mat doesn’t care how much I weigh. It doesn’t care that I am an extreme introvert, it’s always there to welcome me hOMe. I think of my business like this. Whoever walks through our door, we find the best options for you to practice yoga, guided relaxation, meditation, etc for that day. No judgements, no expectations, no rush! Just relax into yourself and take care.
So, if you haven’t tried our studio yet for any of the reasons above or more, this is why we are here. Since I shared the first sentence of my philosophy, I’m going to share the last 2 with you. “I want my students to leave my class with a better sense of themselves as a whole-minded, body, spirit. I want them to find peace of mind and reach a form of relaxation that they will eventually be able to achieve off their mat and carry into their daily lives.”
I continue to want this for every student who I have the privilege of working with.