…at least in my yoga teaching so far. 🙂
Last night, I taught my 3rd ever Ashtanga class.
If you read about the first time around, it was not pretty. There were three regulars in the class, who have been practicing Ashtanga pretty regular for a year and a half. At this point, I had only practiced three times. So, as soon as I made a mistake and they corrected me, my confidence faltered, and I sort of fell apart.
I was relatively certain that those three would not be back if my name was on the schedule.
Well, last night, one of them came. I felt really good about the class; I kept my confidence and was myself. I tried not to worry too much about what she thought; I focused more on the cues she needed (and the rest of the class, of course).
After class, she came up to me and said, “You’ve had quite a week.” I smiled, then she went on to say, “That was a great class, a really great class.”
I wanted to jump up and down, but I just thanked her (probably too many times) and made sure she knew how much her comment meant to me.
Today, I was telling my YTT instructor (this student’s typical teacher) about it, and she was so excited for me. She pointed out that this particular student does not give out compliments freely. She told me that even for her it took a long time for her to feel like she had “won her over.”
On a day that I was feeling a little discouraged about myself as a yogi, let alone an instructor, this compliment really turned my day around.
What is the last compliment that really changed your day?