Following my trusty GPS's lead, I made my way to Front St. in Toronto...easily found a parking spot within walking distance of the Convention Centre & just as quickly located Tim Horton's. With my honey-lemon tea in hand I made my way to the registration desk & got my fancy conference badge. First stop, SHOPPING!
So much to see, so little time!!! I spent some time admiring some beautiful jewelry that was WAY out of my price range & some fantastic original art that was also far beyond my financial means. I had a chance to get a look a some great books I've been trying to decide whether or not I should add to my library. I met & chatted with some wonderful people & sampled some great treats....I was thrilled to unexpectedly run into my Yoga Sisters Shannon & Lora. Made me feel all warm & fuzzy inside.
After a quick lunch I made my way to my training. David Fife, who trained under the amazing Paul Grilley, taught us lots about the principles of Yin, joints & stability, joint movement & assists & adjustments in postures. It was a very full day of valuable information.
What struck me most about the course was the discussion & thought provoking questions regarding the principles of a Yin practice & the Bhava of a class. As a Teacher, part of my responsibilty to my students is to not just plan the poses I want to include in a class, but to set the feeling or Bhava for my class....I have been thinking about this alot...I know what I enjoy when I practice, but that doesn't necessarily mean that my students will enjoy the same ambience during a class.
When I am practicing Yin I like the room warm; not hot, just warm. I like the lights low...better yet, the lights should be off & the room simply bathed in the gentle light from a lamp or two. The music should be soft. I prefer the Teacher to smoothly guide me into a pose & then to fade away & allow me to just be there....
What type of class environment do you prefer when you practice Yin (or any other style of Yoga)? Do you like a quiet, serious class? How about a class that provides a detailed decription or a "step-by-step" of the poses that you're being guided into? Do you like your classes to be loud, with the music pumpin'? Or how about a relaxed, chatty type of class?
What do you like?
Namaste my Friends!