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.
3 years ago