I feel very grateful that a big part of my teaching involves working with children from an early age. I have noticed the fascinating way they explore new movements for the first time....the first time they feel the sticky mat with their feet and hands…the first time they sit on a bolster (there are so many ways to do it!)…the first time they bend forward and reach to tickle their toes…They enjoy exploring a movement over and over again until they master it in their own way.
I bear this idea of exploring, repeating and mastering in mind throughout my own practice when I begin my own practice: I take nothing for granted and treat my movements as if I am making them for the first time as a toddler.
I was fortunate to enjoy the teaching of an inspiring teacher, Judith Hanson Lasater, who quoted Margaret Mead: ‘Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.’
This is the deepest message I try to give my students. I would love them to experience their true selves. I encourage all my students to do what they really feel like doing during the class because this is what works for them best in any given moment. Adults are sometimes bound by conventions and will follow the teacher's instructions even if deep down they know a pose or asana are not good for them. With young children it is easier and straight forward — if they don’t want to do something during class, they won't do it. However, if they like what you invite them to do, they will do it with an open heart and wide open eyes. It makes every class unique and forces me to stayed tuned to my students regardless of their age. I love it!
My teaching doesn’t only apply to my students. Sharing yoga with others means constantly learning and improving as a yoga practitioner and I believe that self practice is a key factor in this. As such my self-practice constantly evolves and it includes mediation, mindfulness, yoga nidra and restorative poses in addition to my asana practice.