This mornings’ thoughts are on showing up. Not just for yoga class, but to anything in life. We make decisions to show up to different events, meetings, or tasks every day. Some are fun; some are just to show your face; some are for the paycheck. What really drives us as humans to showing up to things? Is it the thought of “what’s in it for us?” Is it “how will this help another person?” Every day, the act of “showing up” is a choice. Showing up to work is a choice. Most choose to do so because without showing up to our jobs, we would not be able to pay our bills — or for the bottle of wine we buy when we choose to show up to a friends dinner party, or for concert tickets to the show we have been dying to see. Being at that show may prompt us to start showing up to a standing coffee date with a new found friend. Showing up to that dinner party may instigate a series of phone calls with an old pal that didn’t decide to show up, and is going through a hard time. Each little bit of showing up has this profound butterfly effect. It effects our social selves, and our emotional and mental needs. Just like showing up to a yoga class effects our physical self - and for some, our emotional and mental well being.
As a yoga instructor, I have witnessed this huge range in the amount of people that say they will show up to a yoga class versus who actually shows up to a class. Each class is different and surprising. And it makes we wonder, “what really drives someone to make it to the class? What is it that gets them to bring themselves physically here versus staying in the “someday” mentality?”
For me, showing up to teach (and to practice) is an opportunity to grow. It is my chance in the day to work out any kinks and roadblocks I have experienced the day before, or the week before, or at all in life. It challenges me to be creative, expressive, and really face what is happening in the moment. This morning, as I write, I am thinking about what made me decide to show up to teach a class. Yes a paycheck is nice - but there is an element of taking this sweet opportunity to bring mind and body connection into my morning that I savor. And it is even more exciting to watch this happen for another person.
So, what is it that drives you to show up? How can you be impeccable to your word, to yourself, and bring yourself to your practice? Showing up to yoga teaches me that I can be accountable in other areas of my life. I can show up as a student, as a friend, and as a family member. Because showing up for a yoga class is showing up for myself. It is caring for my body and my mind. It is demonstrating to myself what I hope to demonstrate to others.
When you are ready, classes are here for you. I can’t wait for you to show up!
Amanda Stone, RYT200