Sunday, January 10, 2010

Class 2

Dear friends
I relaxed this weekend and had not thought to post an update until now. Class #2 was on Friday. All went well and according to plan!

The changes to the sequence were positive and I think it meshed well with the group. Timing was good. There were about 24 people in the class and it seem to be enjoyed by all.

What I am learning:
Reading the class is a big skill that I am just beginning to feel. Walking among them and getting a sense of where people are at is a big deal. I am grateful to have these wonderful students to learn with.

Verbal cues for a class of many beginners are very different from the narrative we learned from Rolf. While he emphasizes alignment - he focused on alignment principles. Many people in this class need more direction for hand and foot placement, knee safety, etc. It's a lot to think about, but I feel it coming on.

After every class I remember many things that would have been helpful to say. Oh well.

I am resisting making too many changes to the basic sequence, as I feel that many will benefit from some repetitive practice. I have 7 more weeks with these folks! I will adapt as they do.

I am working them harder than I planned. Then again - most are in their 30's and pretty healthy so it is working out OK. If you practice very regularly you get conditioned for Sun Salutations. I have been watching carefully to pace the class properly and offer time outs.

I am wondering how many people will stick with it for 8 weeks.

Last week I emphasized the breath. This week I am emphasizing Hands and Feet.
For my teacher friends - do you like the drawings? My wife did these in Illustrator - she is so cool! If you want them I will email them to you - just ask.

I missed joining my teacher friends for practice this past weekend - but I plan to be there in Feb. Looking forward to studying the Bhagavad Gita with you all.

That's all for now.

1 comment:

  1. Based on your comments, David, I think you are reading the group (the Friday class, at least) well. I felt like you modified the way you were describing poses as the class went along, using different types of phrasing to explain where a foot should be or where we should be looking.

    Now if only you would have remembered to start your music after your intro comments. But, that provides another reason to look forward to next class - to see what kind of music you like to teach to.