Yesterday, after my evening hot yoga class, one of my students came up to me and said, "That was an amazing class. Thank you for giving me time to breathe." Her words resonated with me because as a fairly new teacher, I'm still figuring out what makes a yoga experience so powerful. Is it the sequencing? The music? The instructor's cues? The space that is created?
All those things are certainly factors, but really great classes have an element of magic that's so hard to pinpoint. Maybe it's different each time. Maybe it's something undefinable. And maybe it's just giving ourselves permission to take time - time to move, sweat, be present, be still, and breathe.