more yoga ramblings! yay!

Okay, I was all ready to close the book on post-training rambling, but I just found this, which I wrote in mid May:

I did my second of three assistant teachings this morning; [J]’s all levels class in [C]. It went well. I felt comfortable doing it, and that has been the big stumbling block for me to work through in this training. I really am getting there. “I can win this,” as River says in the last episode of Firefly.
This is graduation weekend for SUNY New Paltz, and I mulled that over on my drive up to [C] this morning. I’ve known college students who really blossomed and unfolded in the course of their undergraduate years, and it has been beautiful to watch; but that was not my experience. I remember an abiding sense of emptiness after I got my degree. The questions “Well, what was the point of all that?” and “What now?” loomed. Those questions don’t present themselves to me in the same ominous overtones with respect to the culmination of my teacher training. I know what this was all about, and I know what happens next. This has been a major part of my blossoming and unfolding, in a way that college really wasn’t. As college was about listening to other voices, this has been about listening to my own.
Anyway, this morning’s class was all women. I felt a little uncomfortable and out of place at first, until I hit my rhythm with assisting and adjusting, and I forgot that I had the only Y chromosome in the room. I’m not 100% sure what to make of my discomfort. I’m comfortable with friendships with women, obviously, and I’m comfortable practicing with women. Why not teaching? I think it’s the power differential. I’m not a peer anymore when I’m at the front of the room giving directions, or making adjustments. I bear a different level of responsibility, and I know how badly that responsibility can be abused. The phrase “trembling before g-d” comes to mind for reasons I don’t entirely understand. Maybe that makes sense given the central role this practice has in my life. I know how vital this has been to me as a personal practice, unimpeded by concerns of the sincerity of my instructors. I want anyone I teach to have that same experience.

On an entirely unrelated note, in a month’s time, I will be in Guatemala on holiday, assaulting the poor unsuspecting natives with my absolutely atrocious Spanish, and probably contracting aeomebic dysentery. Can’t wait! I’ve never been outside the US and Canada before, and I really have no idea what to expect. “Show up and see what happens” is the mantra I’m choosing to apply to this situation. (Of course, I AM doing some preparation as well… brushing up on my Spanish, getting injections, doing some amount of planning. I am fortunate in that I’ll be traveling there with friends who have been there before.)


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