There is nothing more exciting to me than seeing new people come into class, try the yoga for a few days, and get it. They moan and grimace through their postures, sure, but their eyes light up like fireworks after class. I work at the desk at my studio, so I get to talk to a lot of students, and the excited newbies are the best part of the job by far. I'm not even teaching the classes yet, and I still get a rush every time I see that little spark of yoga land in someone's chest and catch fire. I don't know how or why it happens, and that's part of what makes it so special. The process just works.
A friend of mine from Boston just sent me an article from a local website entitled "Hot Yoga Mama or Mouth Breather?" She said, "I'm sure your happy smiling face contributed to her new love of yoga." Oh wow!! I totally know who this person is! She's been asking me tons of questions about food and water and electrolytes while I work at the desk, and I sold her a class package last night. YAY! She is so hooked! I really can't take much credit for this one, since all I've done is blab with this woman after class for 5 minutes a couple of times, but I feel like such a proud mama anyways. "It takes a village," right? I am definitely a contributing member of the Bikram yoga village. That's a good way to put it.
This makes my night!
I can't imagine how I'm going to feel when I'm actually teaching the classes and people have this kind of response. Holy crap! This must be the best job ever! Give me just one of those every few days - heck, even every few weeks - and I should be able to put up with all the other stuff that comes with the territory. The crazies and the endless laundry and the long sweaty days? No problem, as long as people keep coming in and getting it.
The article is hilarious, by the way - Nicole is a great writer - so be sure to give it a read!