A new to the area gal was directed my way; she was interested in the vinyasa class and wanted to know if it was anything like what she used to take in her former City. She described to me what she did, and I replied, "Yes, that is similar to my class."
She didn't seem reassured, so I asked for elaboration on how her class used to be structured, and again, nodded and replied, "Yes, that is similar to how I lead a class."
She still didn't seem reassured, so I elaborated on exactly what I do in any given session.
I could see doubt continued to linger, and then she asked me, do I give handouts?
Surprised I had to reply, "No, why do you ask?"
Well, she wanted something to take home to practice. I had to politely explain that I don't write down my class sequence for any given day because I tend to make it up as I go along. What I do really depends on who shows up, what someone may request, what kind of mood I am in and what I did in my noon class. I don't give handouts because people have perceived these as "homework" and for working adults, that is usually ill received.
Uncertain now myself, I concluded the conversation with encouragement to just come and try out a class, but the encounter left me feeling like I had let someone down. All because I don't do 'handouts'. Interesting.
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