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June 27, 2017 / martinezyoga

Previously On Martinez Yoga…

I want to tell you a yoga story and I want you to listen. When I was younger, so much younger than today, I never needed anybody’s help in any way. Wait. That’s The Beatles. I digress, but I do love Tina’s version. Watch and listen. Now, I know it’s been a while since my last post (I’ve been quite busy parenting Gus who is now 15 months and beyond walking. He’s running!), but let’s tawk about yoga. In my eyes, and you don’t have to buy what I’m selling which I’m not really anyway, I’m just sharing, yoga is not about the pose, product, or goal. It’s not about doing it better, getting it right, improving, performing, competing, or perfection. To me, it’s about the process and feedback along the way, possibly learning something about yourself, if that’s what you want. I’ve shared this wonderful process and feedback of yoga 1 on 1 and class sizes of 75, ages 4 to 90. Of all my classes, it seems to be that the little ones have informed me the most as a yoga teacher. When I teach kids (mostly pre k to 2nd grade), it’s mainly in elementary schools and daycares all over NYC, and boy oh boy, do they keep me on my toes. I’ve learned so much from these little ones. I’ve learned about patience, about listening, about communicating, about sharing, about being consistent, about being open, about diversity, about community, about individuality, about challenging yourself in ways you didn’t expect, about breathing, about being focused, about movement, about rest. To me, that’s yoga. That’s the process. That’s the feedback. That’s the learning something about yourself. These kids are so open to trying new things. As adults, we might not be so open as we think for various reasons, and I think that’s ok, but is it we don’t want to be swayed from what we see as the “right” or “best” thing for me, thusly being closed? I don’t know, but what I do know is that when you’re open to conversation, exploring, and trying something new, there’s so much to be gained. With all the laughter in my kid’s class, there are deep lessons, and that lesson is more than the shape, the posture, the asana. It’s svadhaya. It’s the self-reflection, the introspection, the ability to sort things out. I feel really happy and fortunate to share this process with anybody who is open and willing to question and explore as we practice together.
The kiddos are officially on summer break right now and I hope they have a great summer. I can’t wait to hear when we reconvene what they experienced. Hopefully something fun and new! See ya in the fall, kiddos, and keep exploring!

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