On Sundays, please enjoy the Retro Throwback where I share my favorite posts from some time ago.
A week or so ago I was taking a morning Bikram class. We were doing the third part of awkward series. I had pushed my knees/thighs together and lowered down. The instructor gave some additional directions – without naming names. I don’t recall what she said. All I know is I did a quick scan in the mirror and determined what she said applied to me, and I made the adjustment.
When the posture was over I got some praise for doing this. Apparently she was speaking directly to me and was about to say my name when I just made the correction. She said it is important for us to always be listening and thinking about the dialogue/directions and how they apply to us even when we are not being named. Well, I appreciate the praise. I would also like to offer up some examples of how I approach listening in a typical Bikram class. I’ll give examples of things instructors typically say, and I’ll show you the secret to what I do. It’s so easy, and it makes class so much more enjoyable!
What Instructors Say & What I Hear
Leigh, you need to raise your arms up higher = Leigh, you need to raise your arms up higher
Lock your knee = Lock your knee, Leigh
Beautiful posture =Beautiful posture, Leigh
Excellent triangle Jennifer = Excellent triangle, Leigh
Beautiful standing bow John = Beautiful standing bow, Leigh
Why is everyone sitting down? = Only Leigh has worked hard enough to take a break
Everyone, that was amazing work. = That was amazing work everyone, but mostly Leigh.
See how that works? I just assume everything applies to me times a thousand. Ok – I got a little silly but the idea is really true. If an instructor is talking I assume it’s meant for me. Sometimes it blantantly is not meant for me, but those instances seem to be rare. I accept all criticism, and I accept all praise. What that means for me is my postures get better (because I accept all criticism), and I am happy (because I send all praise through a special filter that makes it apply only to me).