Last night I returned home after a long weekend in Brisbane. Long, not because it was 3 or 4 days but because I was way out of my comfort zone. I was doing something I had done hundreds of times before - teaching exercise - Restorative Exercises or more correctly these days, Nutritious Movement exercises as described in the book 'Move Your DNA' written by Katy Bowman. These exercises were being taught as a weekend workshop in a series that are the first to be outsourced by Katy. There was a serious testing process involved in order to get permission to teach these workshops and I was very excited to be accepted as an instructor.
So, even though I have taught them heaps of times before, why was I out of my comfort zone? Firstly I was in a different city, in a completely different workshop space and co teaching with someone I had only just met. On top of that there were another two attendees who are also certified RE specialists who were taking this course for their own interest. I put real pressure on myself to perform well which doesn’t really work well for me.
I was so surprised at just how different it felt doing the things that I am very confident in teaching when I am on my home turf compared to being in a different city and workshop space and not being the person who has organised the event.
Sometimes we put expectations on ourselves to do things perfectly the very first time we attempt them. We do the same in yoga/Pilates class when we check out the person next to us (who may have been practising for 10 years or more and we are new to the practice) and try to emulate what they are doing. This can be setting ourselves up for failure and even injury. Know your boundaries and play around within them. Also, practice makes perfect (so clichéd – I know). So we can learn to accept that we have done our best and next time will be better (or worse) but there’s always a next time if we give ourselves a chance..
The weekend was a success as Sami, the original teacher and organiser was an amazing inspiration and excelled in her presentation. Learning also comes from teaching and I feel I am now in a much better position to be teaching the same workshop in Melbourne this coming weekend. Every experience counts and I take away some great ideas and have some great ones of my own to add.