I will have to answer this in three ways. Firstly I'd like to mention my first teacher Traci-Lynn Pristas of the White Lotus Foundation (Santa Barbara) and her own Light Star Yoga in Chicago. Traci, a joyful artist (by trade), welcomed me in my entirety and I could all ways feel love coursing. Unencumbered, with that love coursing I was able to connect with Yoga in an imaginative way, play with it and soar with it.
Secondly please let me mention that I am fortunate to have reconnected to those feelings of unencumbered love coursing through my ongoing tutelage with Mark Whitwell of Heart of Yoga and the upcoming book "The Promise:..." (you might need this one). I invite you to Google the Heart of Yoga site for more info, as I'm happy to say that our relationship is in that place where words cannot reach.
Lastly I'd be remised if I didn't mention my current slash constant favorites; practitioners that I work with. I am allowed to witness how Yoga interacts with them and sometimes they express what Yoga is revealing to them. I cannot believe I have the priveledge of experiencing human give and take from such a vulnerable place.
What has been your most embarrassing moment as a teacher?
My most embarrassing moment as a teacher occurred rather recently. Let me preface my account by noting that I eat and drink on the basis of cravings that tend to turn into obsessions. As of late those cravings have been for coconut water and watermelon in all forms. Also I'm prone to a cup of tea most mornings.
That being said, a few weeks ago in 80 degree weather, roughly a ½ hour before I was to teach a class I made the decision to down close to a liter of watermelon juice. And yes I'd also had tea prior.
If you're able to put yourself in my shoes then you know that after getting the class through a few suryanamaskaras (sun salutations) and moving into the midst of practicing prasarita padottanasana (spread foot standing forward fold) that I had to excuse myself to an uncomfortably close restroom for what seemed like an eternity. Yes, I'm trying to forget what I think anyone may have heard.