It may sound a little strange… but I have been teaching a Yoga class at Suncoast Casino for just over 2 years now! It is a free, gratis and for nothing class sponsored by Lisa Raleigh and Suncoast Casino. Teaching this class is such a blessing! The class is outside on the grass, overlooking the sea as the sun sets behind the tall buildings. The students are amazing and it is really humbling and inspiring to teach them. All ages, shapes and sizes, strengths and ability. Everyone working together for the greater good of improving their health and overall wellness.
Every now and then some one will come up after the class and chat or ask questions affirming that they really are enjoying the classes and gaining deeper insight and understanding. Once a lady came up and was telling me about how she is using something I said in class as her mantra and how this really helped her in tough times! I don’t know exactly what it is – maybe that the classes are free, maybe that they are outside overlooking the sea – but it is such a pleasure teaching here!
Each person comes of their own volition (even in Winter when it gets chilly and in October when it’s howling a gale on the beach!). Because of this it seems there is no egoism or showing off. There is a focus and concentration amongst the students that makes me tingle sometimes! Their dedication and enthusiasm is electric. I love most of all when I crack a silly joke, or get them to “turn the corners of your mouth up” (try it! I dare you!) and they laugh or smile or fall over… Sometimes we are lucky enough to watch the full moon rising over the sea while the orange ball of fire sets opposite.
It is a very different class. Out in the open we have to deal with the elements, with people passing by, sand, birds – you name it! I thought when I first started teaching this class, that it would become a burden and a slogg. I can’t teach ‘properly’ and make the same adjustments as I do in a studio class. The students wont appreciate the class because they don’t have to pay to attend. I’ll get drunkards from the Casino joining and messing everything up! NOT TRUE!
Yes, I can’t make the same adjustments and corrections as I can in a studio class, but people are practicing Yoga! They are getting out there and doing something for themselves!
I am truely inspired and filled with joy every Thursday evening. I am grateful to Lisa Raliegh for starting this initiative. She is also taking it a step further! Suncoast and Lisa have begun a SUNFIT initiative offering Zumba, Kettlebells, Bootcamp and Kickboxing every eveing 17h30 – 18h30 FOR FREE!!! No excuses! Be inspired and get moving!