I had an amazing day on Saturday, 22 October, at the OM Yoga Show at Alexandra Palace. I was asked by my yoga school, Friends of Yoga, to teach a Warrior Open Class, whose focus was a “gentle exploration of bends and heart opening”. Such a lovely theme as I was able to talk about Anahata chakra and incorporate some yoga philosophy too, starting with a favourite quotation from the Chandogya Upanishad:
“The little space within the heart is as great as this vast universe. The heavens and the earth are there, and the sun, and the moon, and the stars; fire and lightening and winds are there; and all that now is and all that is not.”
Without question, this is the largest venue I’ve taught in and definitely the largest number of yogis, with 60 mats for the session, which meant I had to use a microphone as well, another first. I had half an hour and anyone familiar with yoga will know that is not very long. So, all in all, quite a challenge!
I had a full house and a few extras joining in from the back. Before the session, I’d bumped into two familiar and friendly local faces: Jenny and Pat came along and it was lovely to have their support. I’m pleased to say I managed the microphone, I got my music working and, to my delight, my nerves dissipated as I focused on teaching. I did the best I could and was pleased to receive some nice comments at the end and even, to my surprise, a small round of applause.
I felt very honoured to be asked to represent Friends of Yoga and demonstrate the benefits of yoga and the whole day was a wonderful and exciting experience for me. I had the welcome support from my fellow Friends of Yoga teacher colleagues and here I am with them after the class on our stand at the Show.
My sister, Anna, provided moral support and practical assistance on the day with a camera and leaflets, so thank you very much, Anna. If you’ve not been to Ally Pally, it’s a spectacular venue. Here is Anna arriving at the exhibitor’s entrance and me in the beautiful Palm Court.
Finally, I’d like to thank all my lovely friends for their words of support which helped me on the day.
© Sarah Swan (October 2016)