Welcoming in the New -- Teachers that Is
This week began a new teaching schedule for me with a new day, new time, and new "mellower" take on my style.
As students trickled in to my first Monday night class, I was thrilled to see some familiar faces, but I was equally happy to have some students who were new to me. I always feel like having a new student is a bit of a gift. They have taken a leap of faith to go to a teacher and class that is unknown to them. I hope to repay that gift by giving them a great yoga experience.
Sometimes I notice with seasoned practicioners that they are more hesitant to try out someone new. They have their teacher -- who they adore -- and really don't want to bother with anyone else. That always seems a little sad to me (although I have to say I have fallen into this trap myself from time to time). Shouldn't we as yogis be open to new possibilities, new avenues of learning and new teachers?
I challenge you in the new year to try out some new teachers and new styles. Take a chance on a class that you have been meaning to try for ages. Or go to a class randomly without even knowing what style or teacher you will be experiencing.
You never know -- you may just learn something completely, magically new.