Today , my second Day of giving comes as a bitter sweet week. Friday is the busiest day for me, with classes and camp today.. I start teaching an hour of indoor cycling, followed by a yoga class and then another pilates/yoga class at noon. Part of me hoped it would be a quiet day, but 2 minutes before class most of my regulars had come running in to make class, and was so excited after all their rushing and getting children to the sitters, that i was standing by the door, with water and a smile. I thought this will be my gift for the day, may of these mothers needed to have time their own, to talk with adults, sweat a little, and have a good laugh.
But my gift came when one of the older gentleman came to me after cycling, and said he was going to Yoga. now i have none this gentleman for over 16 years, very nice person, but for many years previous, was someone who voiced, woman had a place, did not like anyone who did not think the way he did, loved to spend hours weight lifting, no matter how much i tried to show him the benefits of other forms of exercising. BUT 16 years later, and maybe 20 surgeries on shoulders, hips, back, knees. He wants to try something new. ( i should share that much of this change came when he became a grandfather a year earlier)
So , instead of saying i told you so and why yoga and other forms of exercise could have prevented maybe, some of his surgeries. I smiled helped him get a mat, block and a strap. Some he may need, but he wanted the total yoga package he said (OUR YMCA had just announced YOGA now free to all members !)
The next hour i watched this man take pride in every instruction, every assistance, and every compliment i had to share with him as well as how the other members encouraged his excitement. This was probably the best class i ever taught!
I am not sure i have ever seen anyone work so hard, and relax so much! I do think his favorite part is the meditation, but not sure he is ready to say that out loud.