One Student’s Story through Life Enrichment
Expanding Insight – Clarifying your Vision
Module six represents the closing of our life enrichment –focused study, and the transition into directing what we have learned and practiced into teaching. Amongst my classmates, I would say there are varying levels of comfort with this transition. For me personally, once again I am surprised that I am gaining most of my benefit from the life enrichment portion of the training. I have been enriched “yoga style”. I am grateful that my yoga perception has expanded and I feel myself transitioning into a teacher that more frequently walks the walk and talks the talk. There is so much truth in the statement that “the more you learn, the less you know”. In a sense, the experience of this is actually backfiring for me at the moment. I feel confident that I teach a good class now… however, I have been feeling almost stuck in my class planning as now I know that I have only scraped the surface of possibility of what I can share. It is my hope and expectation that the upcoming 3 months will support my movement forward in this area.
The theme of “expanding insight” is the foundation for much of our home study after module six. For me, the weekend itself was kind of black and white… not as juicy as it has been. For asana, we focused several practices on sun salutation and then had what I would consider only an introduction to inversions and restorative yoga. With hindsight, I might have enjoyed a deeper study into both of these arenas instead of the repetition of other topics. I am still rooted and committed to the plan that Nancy has, my fire was just briefly dampened. Personally, the idea of expanding insight and creating a vision is so important right now as I make a transition in my teaching and even consider re-structuring how I practice medicine. I might have enjoyed having that integrated into the weekend more as a “kick off” to our homestudy.
I did very much appreciate Nancy putting herself out there to all of us to be available for some one on one conversation outside of the weekend meetings. For me, even just that hour or so with her has helped to individualize this process for me. I came away with even a few more tools to work with in this evolution. In the course of the time since the meeting, I do believe that I am “expanding insight.” It just looks a bit different than I expected. With the support of some of our reading (Erich Schiffman, in particular), my expanding insight is actually manifesting in the regular practice of looking inward, developing the ability to be quiet and listen. Unfortunately, the human doing side of me still wants to interrupt that listening and yell… “OK!! I am quiet… let me hear the answers, let me know what actions I should take!!!” I am thinking that this is likely not the best approach… I just “should” all over myself. So, I continue to practice deep breath and ahimsa, non-judgmentally correcting myself as many times as it takes, quieting and trusting in the process.
Karen Stenseth, N.D., CYT