Well, it’s happened again. Although I can proudly say that it’s only happened twice so far: I am posting a day late. What happened, you say? Well, yoga happened, theatre happened, and life happened.
Yesterday was the start of the classes I will be teaching at BCIT this fall, kicking off with none other than Dance Yoga. Now, I have been dancing since I was a child and doing yoga since I was a teenager, but aside from my own at-home practice, I had never really blended the two. At least not in a public way. I have to admit, I was a little nervous. I had no idea what my students would be expecting from a combo dance and yoga class, and while I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to teach, the weight of what I imagined their expectations to be was weighing on me. Top it off with the fact that there were technical difficulties at the school causing class to start 10 minutes late, and I was not in a yogic state of mind. Of course, I needn’t have worried. I forgot that most people arrive at a new class or event with the sole expectation of having a good time and maybe learning something new. They also tend to be pretty understanding of things outside of your control, like random technical difficulties. In the end, we had a great time!
My company is coming up with a new kind of event called Q&A: A Community Interview. It’s sort of a new kind of audience storytelling event and I am really excited about it. Last night we gathered together a random assortment of friends and workshopped the format. It was wonderful – first of all, to hear the stories from friends and strangers told in a casual, light atmosphere. Secondly, to receive thoughtful feedback from people who really seemed to care about what we were trying to do. I felt wonderfully supported by my community.
A friend of mine who I haven’t seen much of in the past year has gone through some big life stuff recently. She made it out to the workshop and we were able to go out for a quick drink afterwards and reconnect.
It could have been a frightfully busy and stressful day, but at each turn I found myself surrounded by a friendly, supportive, fun community, and that’s something to be grateful for.