True story: at a party I once proclaimed to my husband, “I AM AN ADVICE-GIVING MACHINE!”. Yep, that’s me! I chalk it up to being well endowed in the empathy arena. When I hear someone is having troubles in life a little light blinks on inside that says, “Oh! I know that feeling! That reminds me of this one time…” and the advice flows. I can’t help but take advantage of any chance I have to tell people, “You are not alone.” I don’t see this as a character flaw, aside from when my desire to help people feel better gets in the way of my ability to simply be present with them. The sticky part comes in when I realize that I don’t always take my own advice.
Another true story: I have never watched Parks and Rec. That meme up there, “Treat Yo’ Self!”, I can’t say that I have seen the show that it comes from. But, I do use the internet and that saying, “Treat Yo’ Self!” was the first thing that popped into my mind when I was having a business debrief with my board last week (aka my husband and cat). You see, I teach yoga classes for people who don’t go to yoga classes. Um, oops. Not the best business plan. BUT! This is because I am that person, or at least I was. (no, I am, but more on that later). Let’s break down my target demographics:
- Moms. The quintessential group of people who don’t have time for yoga.
- Newbies. If you are like me, new things are not exciting, they are scary.
- People with physical limitations. Injuries, rounder bodies, older bodies, chronic pain.
- People with busy minds, depressed minds or just feeling off balanced.
- Pregnant women. Because you really just want to take a nap, right?
Okay, so these people pretty much amount to 99% of everyone I know. There are the few folks out there who have plenty of extra time, are not injured, are in peak physical shape and feel at ease in the world around them. And they are welcome in my classes! But what it really comes down to for me, as a student and as a teacher, is that yoga is a chance to-
This is why I do yoga, and why I teach yoga. I want you to take care of yourself. You could get a massage. You could eat out. You could binge on Parks and Rec epsiodes. Or you could take an hour or so to come down to yoga class, stretch your achy muscles, calm down your mind, and connect with other regular ol’ human beings. It doesn’t have to be every week, every class. You will know the frequency that is right for you. When the calm runs out, when the stiffness settles back in, that’s when it’s time.
So, the hypocrisy? While I teach 3 days a week, and have a home practice, it has been many months since I made the time to go to a yoga class at a studio. (Hides her face). It’s time to take my own advice. As a mother’s day treat I will be going to a class this week. Not sure when or how and I am pretty sure I will be the least flexible person in the room, but I am going to treat myself.
Looking forward to seeing you on the mat!
Schedule Week of 5/8-5/14
Indigo Wellness Center
Beginning Yoga Sunday 11am-12pm
Prenatal Yoga Sunday 1:00pm-2:30pm
The Stork’s Nest
Mama’s Flow and Restore/Postpartum Yoga Tuesday 7pm
Prenatal Yoga Friday 10am-11am