I’ve been teaching yoga for over eight years and I feel that I teach a very similar class today compared with the class I taught in 2007. I include basic stretches that I like and that I practice. I feel that practicing these movements on a regular basis creates clarity and thus I don’t add new movements very often to my sequence.
But, I do like adding little side “attractions” to my classes on a regular basis. Sometimes it’s handing out chocolate at the end of class and sometimes it’s providing foot rubs. My latest trend is massaging student shoulders with a small amount of lavender oil on my hands to provide some aromatherapy.
Who doesn’t love lavender oil? It’s like walking through the fields in Provence. It’s relaxing, peaceful, and calming.
Last week, I asked the students what they like best about my class. I’m not going to lie and say that chocolate wasn’t their first choice. I’m sure though that lavender was the next thing they were going to say and in the meantime, I love smelling it when I apply it.