Monday, September 23, 2013
However, one thing that I came away with from this weekend was letting go. Coming to class completely empty as opposed to so full that we overwhelm our students. I know that this has become a trend in the last decade of trying to pack so much into each class that it becomes a game of "who knows the most". After spending so much time alone on my mat it began to wear on me when I did finally get to a class when a teacher spoke the entire time. Which finally lead my own teaching to get quieter and allow more space for my students. That's what we all go to yoga for in the first place anyway is right? A little rest and relaxation?? What happens when we get bogged down in to many quotes, sutras, themes and anatomy? It adds the citta vritti! It adds more clutter to our already cluttered brains!
The balance of taking the fullness of the past and emptying it for the future is a very liberating thought. What a refreshing idea, to walk into class an empty vessel, allow ourselves as teachers and students to be filled on the spot with the individual needs of each, allowing a more custom, one of a kind experience.
It may feel risky at first to walk in with no plan, it may even feel a little naked...but you already have all you need. It resides inside of you already, trust yourself, trust your students and let go. Come Empty.