Most of my early morning classes are attended by only a half a dozen students or so but they are diehards! They brave the dark streets & the sometimes unplowed roads to make to their mats to start their day. This week only 1 student joined me.
At first I was disappointed in the poor turn-out. As I guided my student through the class I found that I forgot about the fact that she was the only student in the room. Her breath, as it always is, was strong, rhythmic & beautiful. The hour passed without much notice as I reveled in the energy in the studio. The energy shared by just one beautiful soul.
Later that same day I headed over to Eastside Yoga to teach
my weekly Yin class. There was a full house for the class! I had to quickly adjust my class plan because I'd planned on using the wall for a pose or 2 & with so many people in the studio there just wasn't room on the wall for everyone. I was excited to have a full class.
Just as in my morning class, I guided my students through poses & quietly shared reminders to breathe & to honor their bodies. I asked them to try their best to make the practice their own. While all of this was going on, I could hear the breath. I could feel the power & the energy in the room. As I wandered amongst my students checking their alignment in Low Flying Dragon I experienced the ebb & flow of the gentle pranayama. My heart was very happy.
At the end of the class I knew that I was not the only one in the studio who had experienced this power of a shared breath. More than a couple of people commented that they were surprised when I invited everyone to make their way to their Savasana practice. They couldn't believe that 50 minutes had passed.
After everyone had left the studio & I was tidying up the props we'd used in class & sweeping the floor I began to truly feel humbled.
It occurred to me that there was no difference between the power I had experienced in my morning class & my evening class. It made no difference at all if there was 1 person in the room or many. The power was exactly the same. And my
students had generously shared this with me.
I offer my total gratitude to them all.
Namaste my Friends,