Published: Thursday, 15 October 2015 17:03
We began a new class at Portland Homeless Family Solutions this month with a full volunteer staff excited to teach each Monday evening! And as many of you know, when beginning new classes, there are always kinks and knots that need to be worked out. One of our volunteer teachers shares her experience of the first class. If nothing else, this story reminds us that it’s important to “go with the flow” and take things as they come:
Well, it was an interesting first class last night at Portland Homeless Family Solutions. When I arrived, somehow the yoga mats hadn’t been brought over to the site [from their main location], so we had no mats to work with. We decided that if each student could at least have a towel to fold up and sit on or roll out to lay on, that would work. So staff found us some towels.
As the students began to arrive, there were two women. One of them, 4 months pregnant, came in with her husband as well as another man. We sat on our towels in a circle and started with some very simple seated stretches. We continued by stretching out on the floor and doing some stretching of hips and arms and shoulders.
Next, we worked our way to standing and did a very basic flow sequence ending with a low lunge. All of the students were new to yoga, but were all very enthusiastic about the class and what we were doing and the relaxing effect it was having on them to breathe and stretch. We finished with a sweet standing Anjali mudra [hands together at the heart] and “Namaste” with translation. They were very grateful.
We left feeling really good about identifying a problem [not having mats] and rolling with what we had. I’m pretty sure we are all excited to go back and not only have yoga mats, but see some new yoga friends. What a sweet adventure!