I haven’t been pursuing yoga for endless years yet – that day will come. For now, I’m coming up on my 5th year anniversary of my first time rolling out a mat (at that point, a ridged foam camping pad that left super-interesting dents after savasana!).
And this is the story of my first yoga (full mind-body, present-moment, fully-conscious) learning experience. And I may have just scared the dog realizing that this was over 10 years ago. It seriously feels like yesterday.
Yoga can be present in every moment – every moment you are mindful and working with your body and thoughts. I first learned this… in shop class.
And many thanks to John Kriegshauser, the wonderful teacher I mention. As far as I know, he’s still teaching the intro materials course at IIT, whipping ditzy freshman into fairly reputable woodworkers and modelmakers… ie, performing miracles.
This post was inspired by the fantastic TeachNOW course. Thinking about my teaching lineage was very instructive – helpful to think of the very full range of past teachers to help support me in my teaching.