When Called to Serve



Less than an hour after teaching my test out class to officially get my JOY of Yoga 200h Teaching Certification, I was asked to start a class for a teacher who had gotten caught in traffic due to a big accident on Highway 17. “It will be about 30 minutes,” she said, “just teach them what you just taught us. You’ll do fine.” I laugh nervously but wasn’t going to say “no” for they needed me and I just cited a quote in my test out about being called upon to teach.

When we are called to serve, we need to act as if we are qualified — even when we think we are not truly capable.” – Jennifer Prugh, Founder of Breathe Together Yoga.

When I spoke of this feeling of being called to serve, I was thinking about (1) my teacher needing assistance with our Mysore Program, and (2) about a request to substitute/guest teach at a new Ashtanga Yoga Studio in Los Altos. I never dreamed I’d be called to pop into a Vinyasa Yoga class to teach. Still, a calling is a calling. And I am not one to leave someone in need of help if I have something to offer.

So…I did it!  I rolled out my mat at the front of the class and introduced myself. I explaining that their teacher was delayed but on her way, and that I there to hold the space for her until she arrived, adding that I was going to get them started with a few sun salutations and a sampling of the ashtanga primary series.

I taught for about 50 minutes then welcomed their regular teacher into the space when she arrived. Upon leaving the room, I had already begun a list of inner critique for my teaching. This included not learning anyone in the room’s name. *frown* I heard the class clapping as I left and knew it could mean one or two things: Either they were happy with my teaching OR they were relieved that their teacher had made it there. Nonetheless, I held my head high in knowing that I had done my best — and next time will try to do even better.

2 comments


  • Juls

    Day after Post Note
    I saw one of the students from the class this morning. I asked him his name and how he was feeling today. He smiled and said he was sore in some places that aren’t usually sore. I nodded saying that I had a similar experience when I began my mysore practice. I added that the block I had given him during class was a modification that I had used in my early days of practicing ashtanga.

    He said that he considered trying mysore but was afraid because he didn’t know the sequence. Of course, I told him that mysore is where you go to learn it and that it would be great if he were to give it try sometime.

    August 16, 2019
  • Tilde

    This is one of my favorite Juls posts… there is a wide open calling ahead of you, and it’s so good to see you on your way. With grateful love…

    August 23, 2019

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