Over the years I have practiced many types of yoga. My very first yoga class was at Integral Yoga on 13th street in Manhattan. It was a great place to start because they have a designated Brand New Beginners class. So there is no worry about looking crazy your first time because it's everyone's first time. It's a class full of virgins so to speak.
Fast forward to teacher training. I almost went to Laughing Lotus, but the Goddess saw fit to send me to Kripalu. I am so thankful for that, but the emphasis at Kripalu is not on flow or at least not a vinyasa style of flow as I knew it. At first I thought I might miss the flow, but while training and then after when I starting teaching classes, I have really grown to love a slower paced, breath and posture focused practice. So that is what I have been teaching, but last Tuesday (3/26) I decided to sub for one of my fellow teachers at Hip Dhamma.
I wasn't sure what style of class she taught, but I soon learned that her class is vinyasa. I knew I could do it, but up to this point I had never taught that style of class. So before heading to the studio, I got on my mat and home and mapped it out. It all came back so fast, but I wanted to also make sure I wasn't losing the Kripalu philosophy in it all. I know how it is when you are a sub in any kind of class. You really have to show and prove because often times people who come to class are coming to practice with "their" teacher. You all know what I mean. Well...here goes nothing.
I got to class and met Mack. He is one of our new karmis at the studio so he set up and the room and he informed me that he was also going to take the class with me. Then slowly people started coming in. Soon Chris, who I hadn't seen in a while, shows up. Also I had a woman in class who had never taken yoga before. Now I really knew I had my work cut out for me. I just assumed that most of the people there would have at least taken yoga before. I guess you know what they say happens when you assume. LOL.
So, In the spirit of Kripalu, I declare that I am a vinyasa teacher! Yes! Give Thanks!