My worst nightmare happened. I was scheduled to teach an adult yoga class and no one showed up. I felt like I was having my own personal birthday party and nobody showed. I may have cried a little on the inside!
I had been asked to run some classes for a corporate office in New Jersey, about 45 minutes away from home. So, off I went with plenty of time to spare, with my mat, my class notes and my carefully put together playlist on my Bluetooth speaker.
Sat in the assigned spot (the office cafeteria), got my notes out, reviewed them and waited and waited and waited.
When I finally came to terms with the fact that nobody was coming, my first thought was “wow they must have really hated me last week”. But it happens, especially in corporate yoga when the employee is not paying for the class. There can be less motivation to attend.
So, I did a few sun salutations on my own and then made the trek back home. A two-hour round trip, in traffic! Not bitter, really.
But I have to assure myself that as a newbie yoga teacher I may not captivate my students all (or none) of the time. There is room for growth and humility. My adult classes have been small numbers and in a way that is good, it’s not so intimidating and I can really read the room and teach to the level and enjoyment of each person.
So, what did I learn through this event?
- Do not focus on the negative, it’s easy to have your own little pity party but just pull up your big girl pants and be there for the next class. Fresh start, fresh faces!
- Don’t give up, keep coming up with new sequences, throw out what does not work and enhance what makes you sing, evaluate evaluate evaluate!
- Follow your intuition. I happen to think that all those doing yoga are particularly intuitive, when I am putting a meditation together for the beginning of class it sounds and feels divine but then when I present it to a group I can feel a little self-conscious. I assume, maybe incorrectly if I am blown away by it then everyone else will be too…. not an awful place to be but be brave and do it anyways.
- Not everyone will like my style and presentation and that’s ok. I need to remind myself to be myself for myself and then my authentic voice will come through.
- Keep up my own practice.
After my no-show class, all I wanted to do was go and do a yoga class for myself to feel more grounded and connected to myself and at peace. It worked, I got my mojo back pretty quickly!