It was important for me to attend a donation-based yoga class (also called karma yoga for the idea that you get what you put into the world) for New Year’s Day. The whole idea of starting off a new year on the right note, and never having been to one of any form in the past, got me moving in the morning rather than sleeping in like I’ve done for these holiday/donation/karma classes in the past.
I practiced with Theresa at Santosha Yoga in Chesterfield, a practice of letting go of 2015 and setting an intention for 2016, rather than a resolution. That’s exactly what I needed to hear. It’s amazing when you connect with what the teacher is saying. I’ve never been to Santosha before, and practicing at studios I haven’t been to is one of my goals for 2016. One of the things about teaching yoga is that there’s no one right way to do it. My teacher Lisa said one time that you don’t feel like a yoga teacher until you’ve been doing it for 10 years. It can be so easy to fall into a pattern or even feel stuck, and this goal is a reminder for me to learn from other teachers out there.
I’m also planning a trip to New York City in April for the Yoga Journal conference to learn from as many master teachers as I can. I was supposed to attend the one that took place in the Colorado Rockies in September, but I was sick and could barely get out of bed. I’d imagine the atmosphere and energy is different from the mountainous outdoors of the Rockies and the hustle and bustle of the city, but I’m still looking forward to it! (On that note: Anybody willing to put me up for a few days so I don’t have to pay $200-plus per night at the hotel? 🙂 )