when i teach kids, they love to watch me do some tricky stuff…arm balances, inversions, funky transitions…things like that.
today, i was teaching a bunch of children–some of whom i’ve been working with longer than others–and they were begging to see a yoga trick. so i did one and they all ooh-ed and aah-ed. and one girl always asks the same thing: how do you do that?
this girl, by the way, is obsessed with handstands and is pretty much trying to kick up every free nano-second available between poses or activities. she’s amazing for her age, but long holds aren’t yet in her cards.
i explain to her that the reason i can do some hard stuff is because i listen, i’m patient, and i practice practice practice.
she responds, “yeah…it’s like you’re a pro.” (some might say that’s exactly what i am…).
of course i try to impart that with patience and perseverance, she can do it, too. i’ve just been practicing for a really long time.
at this point, a boy pipes in–he’s new to this particular class, but not new to working with me–“i know,” he brags, “because you practiced yoga for so long ago with me!”
“yeah,” i agree out loud. and then think to myself…that’s about how long it took me to master this stuff….
fyi…the boy is now 3 1/2 and i’ve been working with him for almost a year… 😉