This morning B. and I decided to head out to the ‘burbs to check out a class at Jai Yoga, where we’ll both be teaching community classes over the next month or so. It was gray when we set out and then, just as we got onto the crazy part of 93, it started dumping down buckets of rain in that really scary kind of way. A Flash Flood emergency text alert chimed on my phone almost immediately (no, I wasn’t looking at it). After a couple of minutes, my car window got so fogged up there was no helping it with the defroster. It was scary and I white-knuckled it until I got to the next exit. I pulled off of the freeway and onto the first street I saw, a bit shaky. It was a scary ride, and I really didn’t want to start off my day by crashing the car and maiming B. What I wanted to do was to give up, turn the car back around, and cuddle back up under my toasty covers. But there was a slight break in the intensity of the rain, so B. and I prodded on along to Jai.
So glad we did. I immediately knew that this studio was one after my own heart from the orange door and walls (love orange). The studio was so fresh and bright, with an extremely warm energy about. It’s one of those places where you can sort of feel yourself exhale and relax the moment you step in. Not only that but, I’ve been to a lot of yoga classes in my time, and there is a serious argument that this was the best class ever. It was conducted to live music, with Heather, an incredible guitarist/singer, sitting in the back of the room. We began by singing a chant with her. Then the teacher, Nicole, went into this tough but exhilarating flow. She was so inspirational–exactly the kind of teacher I hope to someday be. The thunder and lightning were rolling outside, so she opened all of the window wide, and it was the perfect concerto of live music and nature, as the smells of freshly-fallen rain and Nag Champa mingled in the room.
Nicole was sweet as pie. B. and I chatted with her for a bit after class, and Nicole showed me around so that when I teach in a couple of weeks I’ll know how all of the systems work. That was a great moment of “Holy sh@t–this is real!” for me. But I can’t think of a better place to start my teaching career than here, where the good vibes run rampant.
I got back to my car to find an email from a studio owner inviting me to audition tomorrow morning. I just got a sample list of sequences to teach about a half hour ago, so I’m practicing away for bright and early tomorrow. Here’s hoping!