Having a celebrity in my class

It has to be mentioned, I can't pretend it didn't happen, even though I don't have a photo with him...

I got to teach an A-list celebrity yoga recently. I was filling in for another teacher that day in May, and there are a few things about gyms that are different than yoga studios: people do come in late, they have a different sense of etiquette and often either miss meditation or savasana. I'm used to it by now.

There I was, teaching Ashtanga Intro on a weekend, and the door had already opened twice, interrupting the flow of the class. The third time the door opened, 10 minutes into class, this scruffy guy with a baseball cap walks in. He goes,
"is this Ashtanga Intro?". I say, "yes, and you can get your strap there", pointing to the bag of straps, annoyed. Next thing you know, he takes off his baseball cap, and I realize it's him. I was already teaching so had no time to process it. I continued, thinking, "Oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God." I felt like I leaped outside my body and was watching it from a distance for a while, and after 5 minutes or so...I got used to the fact that he was there and this was actually happening.

Then it
really became normal, and when you think about it, why wouldn't it be? He's a person, with muscles and bones, and breath--and that's what I always work with.

So I must admit I was star struck, but it also became very normal and we all completed a good class. It was a good experience, and now I hope for the day he'll come back! Just to see if I'll be calmer this time.

All in all, it's fun to have a celebrity in your class--I always wanted that experience and am grateful I had it--but it reminded me that at the end, we're all people, we're all working through our bodies and minds with the same tools: meditation, breath, movement. It's not a big deal.

And bonus: apparently he was really impressed with the class!


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