so true. I lost my brother recently and teaching yoga kept me grounded and sane.
I had a miscarriage 4 weeks ago and the classes I taught that week and the following week were the most uplifting, honest and magical classes I have taught so far. They just came from someplace else and I believe they helped me heal.
Thank you for this wonderful article. Recently, I sustained injuries due to a fall, and had to work to overcome the physical and emotional challenges. I agree about setting clear boundaries, and I found it helpful do keep the day to day fluctuations of my body and emotions on my mat (and in sessions with my mentor) and share the deeper learnings that change presented with my students. Vrksasana and Tadasana was often where I was able to introduce the discussion of finding equanimity in the face of tough challenges.
I, too, have faced some challenges this past year. Between breast cancer and thyroid cancer, my Yoga practice has been the constant as well as support from family and friends. I have one more surgery, but feel that I healing.
God has been behind me all the way and healing has been been swift from the surgeries. Only missed teaching 2 classes.l I teach 4 classes a week and love it and my students.
Wow this is the most poignant article that I have read on your site. I always talk to my students about the feelings that yoga and meditation can evoke. Now I can specifically talk to them when they are in need. Thanks for this article and I hope that maybe you can write on the subject of teaching yoga in a small town and how it can affect the lives of all that participate in it. I have some great testimonies from my students.
Nana, Santa Cruz CA
This article really spoke to me, having lost my life partner in Janaury '08. I have continued to teach without a break and felt that my classes were the right place to be. I appreciate what Sara says about clear boundaries, that is extremely important when teaching. Yoga and my community have nurtured me through this time of grief and loss and continuing to teach and support my students has in turn been an extremely healing process.
I am currently teaching bereaved folks yoga in a hospice environment. An suggestions how to help these folks with their incredible grief and loss?
This is the best article I've read on this site. I particularly enjoyed the quotes from Matt Sanford and Amy Ippoliti and appreciate their willingness to go deep in their practice and teaching, to be authentic in their personal and professional lives, and to have clear boundaries with their students. This should be required reading for all teacher trainees.