|All I need is this...|
And how do I do all of the homework for my Teacher Training?
Simple: practice at home. There's no better way to develop myself as a teacher than to teach myself in this way, to create the habit of regular daily solo practice.
Other benefits that I realized yesterday, after successful Day 1:
- it's so quiet. I love seeing my friends at yoga and chatting, hugging and kissing before and after, but man, practicing in the quiet of my home-office is so peaceful. Makes it easier to give my hyper-active monkey brain a break...
- it's so quick. Going to a 1 1/2 hour class, no matter where I drive, takes around 2 1/2 hours with travel time (since naturally, I have to arrive early, then there's the inevitable post-yoga Slow Loris putting back on of shoes and ambling slowly back to vehicle). Practicing at home took me one hour, start to finish. For now, I think an hour is plenty; I'll build up from here.
- it's so hard. Stringing together poses in a sequence, in a flow that makes sense, that builds to a pinnacle pose, is no easy feat. Not to mention staying focused, not letting my mind chase after the dust bunnies I can see from cobra pose...
After my practice yesterday, I exclaimed to Joe, full of happiness with myself (maybe a smidge too much), "practicing at home is going to change my life." He replied, "well, actually, honey, I want to just remind you that you've only done it once." That sounds mean when I write it out, but actually it perfectly typifies our dynamic balance -- he helps me keep my feet on the ground when I am likely to get carried away by the wind in my own head. It's so true that the proof of the experiment will be in doing it in a sustained way.
Which is where I'm going right now: day 2 of new resolution, practicing at home. Yay!