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Returning Back to Teach Yoga after Baby

It is almost 16months since our baby girl arrived into our lives. She is the funniest little human. She has shown us a whole new appreciation for life. Getting this far has been a huge learning experience and we are continually learning every day. Naively I thought I would be back practising yoga much earlier and teaching much earlier than now. Although my body has been ready, my mind wasn’t. It’s incredible how my whole thinking changed to focus entirely on the wellbeing of our child & family. It was the only thing I could focus on, and to be honest that’s all I wanted to focus on.

 

It’s only now I feel ready to go out for a few hours on my own without having to bring the baby. Recently, I have started to leave her in the safe & capable hands of her father. It was extremely hard for me to trust anyone with baba even with George. He probably takes care of her better than I do but I still could not leave her for too long without worrying. Thank goodness that feeling of separation is now passing for both of us. Naoise loves spending time with her dada. It great for their relationship and for my mental health too. I can go out for a couple of hours and not feel anxious or worried. It’s so nice.

 

With the above sense of freedom, I have been focusing on getting back to my practice (currently one class a week in a studio and a daily morning stretch sequence 10-15min). To prep for teaching, I have been watching YouTube videos of classes to help revise postures and cues. In addition, I listen to my teachers in the studio classes on how they cue, form a sequence and take note of their general theme of the class. My old teaching manuals have been part of my nightly reading and I always have a yoga book as part of my daily reads.

 

I have spent time at night putting my class sequences together. Focusing on what I would like the students to feel during and after class. I’m definitely still trying to find my unique style so I like to observe other teachers & note what I like so I can add to my class in a way that feels right for me. Not copycat but more inspired.

 

After I have created a sequence, I write it out shorthand on flashcards and then practice it at least twice before the class. I memorize the sequence and repeat it over and over so I feel prepared and as a result confident going into the class. I have created playlists in Spotify for my classes and generally keep the music to instrumental. I prep my clothes, water and props well before the class so I can grab and go as I leave home. It can be hard sometimes leaving as baba may want extra cuddles or needs my attention before I go. I always give myself extra time so I won’t be late going to teach. I need to arrive at the studio somewhat relaxed and have time to set up the room (lights, props etc.).

 

I’m so excited to be back teaching yoga, it’s something I really love and believe in. I am hoping to gain lots of experience teaching over the next few years. The year 2020 has been crazy and now more than ever we all need yoga in our lives. Making time for ourselves to wash away feelings of stress, anxiety, fear and replacing them with confidence, empowerment, hope and love.

 

I hope you found this helpful.

Thanks for reading.

 

Theresa xx