I love teaching yoga. For my entire life I looked for that thing that I was “supposed” to do. I love physical activity, I love music, I love God and spirituality. I also love business, marketing and crunching numbers. (I’m a Sagittarius so don’t hate me for being a long haired accountant). So, wow, teaching and owning a yoga business combines all that and fuels me. Don’t get me wrong. It’s still a job and I get tired, burned out, frustrated, but it’s a job of service. Doing service for others was the best choice I could have made for my career.
Our mission at 3 Bridges is centered on making yoga accessible and successful for everyone. From our website, to studio layout, colors and the actual yoga asana sequence, we pay attention to everything.(I’m a little bit of a control freak) Our teachers receive constant feedback, we hold monthly training sessions, and we do everything we can to make each student feel and be successful. Success in the yoga room means better chance for success in the real world. We take what we learn on the mat and hopefully live better off the mat. It works for me and every day I take the same principles I teach and practice in the yoga room and practice them in the real world. There is no better tool for physical and spiritual health than yoga.
Recently I went to Madison Square Garden to see my favorite band Phish for two nights. Phish are improvisational rock gods and phans hope for that unbelievable musical experience where the musicians and audience are in exact sync and every note is the perfect. The first night I saw had it all. Great energy, great songs, killer jams and just an all-around good time. Second night was different. The boys were trying too hard and the show just didn’t have a great flow. There were some highlights, but nothing compared to the first night.
Now I know how Phish feels. Every yoga class isn’t always the perfect yoga experience. Even though we try and try, not every class is that wow experience. This is where I struggle. So much do I want you to succeed in the yoga room. I want every cue, every pose, every song, to do the right thing for you. To make you succeed.
In setting goals and giving feedback for our teachers for 2013, I received some great feedback. (No one is exempt from feedback on the 3 Bridges team!). My feedback was to let it be. To not try and micro manage the energy of the room and work too hard for everyone’s success. It’s a real challenge when there are 20 plus students in the room, from experienced to just beginning. But I’m going to practice just that. Let things be, let the yoga speak for itself. And hope that I can still help you be successful.
I’d love to be a rock god (working on that one with a new band – summer tour 2013) but for now, doing my best teaching yoga will suffice.
In the words of Phish,
“We want you to be happy, don’t live inside the gloom, We want you to be happy, come step outside your room, We want you to be happy, cause this is your song too”.