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We started our sun salutations, and I joined the group with the intent of just warming myself up before moving into the standing sequence. I've very hands off in the first five sunsalutations as it is - that is for the individual to settle into class in my opinion. Not for me to run around yammering at how they are doing this or that wrong. This night, I only cued the inhales and exhales. We moved. We flowed. It was...fantastic.
In 'teacher mode' I do very little "hands on" adjustments; flow class doesn't lend itself to a lot of hands on breaking down on an individual basis. However, I do a LOT of verbal cuing. Or verbal cuing with a visual demo. Which means, I tend to talk a fair amount in class. Tonight would be: Less Talking, More Moving.
I decided to keep going, just cue minimal as possible and let people move. This group knows when to take modification. I wasn't worried. Let them enjoy what it feels like to expand as they come up, and to fold mindfully, to spread their wings in warrior II, to move through a vinyasa, to switch sides without waiting for my cue to say "and now the left food moves..."
It was difficult for me to not talk so much, but the concentration I felt in the room was wonderful. People were focusing on their breath, less on the person next to them, even less on what I was doing because I wasn't standing at the front watching them like a hawk. They were just moving and breathing. As it should be.
We did pause briefly to work on two poses, but it didn't seem to interrupt either flow or mindfulness. We had time at the end for a full headstand, long savasana and meditation. Rarely do we get to do mediation; I'm usually pushing a 5 minute savasana as it is and not infrequently I need to omit headstand to keep class on time.
The look on their faces at the end was delightful - the contented smiles as they said Namaste to the people across from them. What has been even better are the postitve comments I've been hearing since then. One gal admitted to me that this was the first time she had seen me do the sequence in the three years she's been coming to class. I thought, there is a lesson for me; maybe some folks need to know on occasion that I can do more than stand up in front of class and talk and strike a pose.