January 4, 2009
Well, it happened to me. The New Teacher lost her Voice.
It happened about two weeks ago. I really really really lost it right before Christmas. I had not been feeling my best over the weekend, fighting off a nasty something or other, and a sore throat. Well, I woke up at that particularly lovely hour of 4 am to greet my amazing 5:30 yogis and was SO hoarse. My throat was sore, but I taught, then went back to teach 9:30. Somwhere around 40 mnutes into class I didn’t know how on earth I was going to finish. Thank the Gods above for the microphone. I surived that one but was whispering as I left the studio. It’s been nearly two weeks and though my voice is back, mostly, I still can’t sing.. at all. And yes, I can usually sing.
I lost my voice. I have gotten the lecture, so please.. I know. I KNOW how to use my voice. I’ve had plenty of voice lessons. Diaphragm, I know, I know. Really, I think I lost my voice because of whatever something or other I had. Either way, it was gone. And if there’s anything you can NOT do without a voice, it’s teach Bikram Yoga.
This too shall pass.
So, I’m fine, and I only missed two of my classes thanks to the Holiday time. By the way, my Holiday was great and I hope yours was too.
So I think I’ve lost count of how many weeks I’ve been back from Teacher Training. I’ve also lost count of how many classes I have taught. Teaching is going so well. I really love it, like, a lot. I love love love love it. Of course, it does not hurt that I have the best studio to teach in with the best fellow teachers and bosses (shameless plug).. In all seriousness, I feel great about teaching. I feel so supported at BYTW and feel like I’m learning as I teach, and that’s the point, right?
Every day is different when you teach. Much like when you practice, you can never really tell how the class will go. I’ve had some rough classes. My worst on record, I believe, was a Friday 5:30 am’er where I was so sick by the middle of class I barely made it home. That was no fun, but a learning experience. I’m learning more than ever to take care of myself and respect my physical limits. And yes, I do have some. Teaching can be exhausting, It’s hard to find the balance between teaching class and finding time to take class. I’m still working it out, but mostly I get in the room as much as I can and not worry about the rest. Some days, like today, after teaching a double back to back class, I just do not have it in me to take a class (let alone an Advanced Class). So it is what it is. I get plenty of yoga, and plenty of heat. I still crave more yoga, as I always have. Maybe that will never end. But one day at at time, I make my way.
It’s a New Year, and I’m still a New Teacher. I feel great, but still learning, and that’s why I’m here.
August 15, 2008
Well, of COURSE I went to class yesterday! Would you expect anything less?? Alisa and Ball have been in The Woodlands all week and I took the opportunity to have Advanced Class with them. It was the largest Advanced Class I have ever been in and it was awesome. I’ll be making some changes to the blog here over the next few days. Stay tuned.
Here are some pictures from the class. Enjoy!!