This is the beautiful new group of yoga teacher trainees (and the awesome Amanda Joy, anatomy teacher, in the blue tank top at the bottom left) at Refresh Yoga Center in Alexandria, VA. Part of my journey as a teacher has been to step into a role of teaching yoga teachers, and I have worked diligently to honor the long lineage of wisdom that informs our practice, and to prepare this group for their calling as teachers. (Having spent the last couple of months really thinking through what makes a quality teacher with people involved in the DC Yoga Co-op, I really need to nail this!)
Last weekend I taught about the subtle body, using the work of Anodea Judith and Carolyn Myss as my foundation with a good dose of what I had learned from Kristin Leal at Tranquil Space. When we got to the vishuddha chakra, the energy center associated with communication and creativity, we discussed the idea that communication is the connecting principle that makes life possible — atoms, cells, you and me — we’re all giving and receiving in a dance of vibration, sometimes finding that sweet spot of resonance, what Judith calls “sympathetic vibration.” This teacher training group is a prime example of resonance. They bonded from the moment they met, sharing food, laughter, questions and answers, funny and tender stories, honest feedback, quick tips, and the joy and exhaustion of that very first team taught yoga class.
This past month has been an embarrassment of riches in resonance for me. Not only do I continue to meet yoga teachers and practitioners who have heard about the DC Yoga Co-op and want to share their stories, skills, and advice with me, our group met to manifest this concept one step closer to reality on January 21 and at the end of the meeting it was as if we were an orchestra that nailed that last dramatic note in the score.
Anodea Judith speaks of the visshuddha chakra as the place where the downward energy of the upper chakras move abstract ideas toward real-life manifestation. Here, we can articulate these concepts symbolically, placing necessary boundaries and limitations on them with words so that others can understand. After only three hours of work on January 21, our group arrived at a place where we could articulate the DC Yoga Co-op’s vision for the first year of work, a framework of our idea of community.
There is more work to be done, for sure. But in the resonance of the basement of the SW Branch of the DC Public Library on a warm mid-winter afternoon, we could hear the sound we will make as a group and it was beautiful and powerful. Read our notes from the meeting and let us know how you want to be involved in developing this concept for compassionate, inclusive community that has quality teaching and transformational education at its core into a reality.