Monday, January 12, 2009

First 1:1 in China

just got back from my first session. overall good, we're going to practice together three days a week. after i get from my visa run to korea, that is.
she told me in emails she had no experience doing yoga, and very little about her physical history. she also said in an email, after i asked to reschedule due to my unexpected trip, if we could not meet today? i don't want to sound desperate, i just want to get started, she said. so we met today.
she's just moved to beijing with her husband and two daughters, and lives in a huge, new American suburban style home outside of the city. a former bank manager from south africa, she now spends her days working out at the gym and learning mandarin. we talked for a bit but i was feeling nervous and just kind of started the practice. wasn't very smooth.
because she'd said in her emails she had no experience doing yoga, i planned a super basic class. lots of warming up, openers, and hip rotation stuff. i spent like an hour last night breaking downward dog so i could explain it in steps to her. after my experience in singapore with my two yogers who couldn't get down dog, i wanted to be prepared.
she didn't need any of that. she was fit and flexible, and it kind of threw me off. i got nervous because i was like, oh gees, this is the most boring class EVER to her i just KNOW IT and i lost a bit of my confidence. i added some vinyasas at the last minute and it was, at best, a medium to easy practice. she liked the plank, although commented a lot on the shakiness of her arms.
we had a long relaxation at the end, and i did some thai yoga because she said she had back pain. we decided to amp up her practice the next time for two days and the third day be a more relaxed yin practice.
she made me feel sad as i left. i told her i'd only been in beijing a month, and usually that statement is greeted with enthusiasm. she wrinkled her brow and said, me too, only five weeks, and i get so homesick. do you find yourself just crying for no reason?
so for her practice i think we'll also be focusing on ..i don't know. not being lonely? embracing change? keeping busy? i don't know.

over all, it went well. i'm excited to get going with it all. since i'm going to korea for the week, all my appointments are rebooked for next week. i got business cards, too! i wanted to put the yogery on it, and maybe a plate of french toast on a yoga mat, but that seems...weird.