Two learning disabilities. One anxiety disorder. Wearing a skirt over jeans in middle school. Looking like no other white girl you've seen (or so I've been told). All my life, I have deviated from the norm, whether intentionally or not, so naturally, my version of a Power Flow class fits into this as well.
In my version of a Power Flow, there are a few things that might differentiate my class from another:
- I don't teach sit-ups or push-ups, and I have some pretty strong opinions regarding this
- The pace is, from what I've been told, "challenging, but not too fast"
- I incorporate meditation, breath work, and other venues of mindfulness
- I offer modifications for almost any posture
- I don't act like a drill sergeant (I'm just not authoritative enough)
After today's class, I spoke with another instructor about this difference. She had called my class a, "Mindful Power Flow," which is apt, and honestly made me feel like, "Finally someone understands!"
When I started teaching, I knew that my style was not the "norm" for Power, and I felt the pull to conform. The place I trained taught me to incorporate sit-ups and aerobic style exercises, but when I left to teach elsewhere, it felt inauthentic to teach these things. How could I teach something that I was rolling my eyes at? I finally decided to remove the "drop-down-give-me-core" section from my sequences, and my teaching became more genuine.
When it comes down to it, I can't teach something that doesn't feel right to me. I can't be something I'm not. I never could.
Isn't that what yoga is about anyways?