Happy Ashtanga

Demo at Ala Moana

Posted on: June 6, 2010

We, Yoga Hawaii had Ashtaga Demo at Ala Moana Center Stage on Saturday, 6/5.

This was the first time for me, doing Yoga in front of people, on the big stage at Ala Moana!

I have done some performance before, like playing music, Jazz Dance recital, etc., but doing Yoga on the stage, is quite difference.

Since both teacher, Rupali and Tania have been super busy to organize new space, I have asked to collect people to join the demo.

Then I encountered very funny thing, the people who did not look shy at all, always talkative, said “No! I am too shy to do it!” and the people were more quiet, were exited to try it.

But even though they agreed to join once, getting close to that day, they started to freak out to demonstrate in front of people.

A few have canceled, some of them simply did not show up.

We had 13 people on the stage after all, plus Tania, who was MC.

I was so glad to see one of the students who said not coming, came with her mat.

Short Ashtanga with only 3 breaths each asana, for about 35 minutes.

We were all kind of nervous at first….gradually got focus into our own breathing, and Tania’s voice.

I didn’t notice how much I was nervous myself, until I did headstand.

My body was trembling and thought I would fall down!

We did big success.

lululemon people really liked our demo, invited us to the store for the refreshments after demo.

The best thing for me, was the students who were so afraid to join, said they were so happy they did it after all.

They even said they wanted to do it again if they had opportunity.

Yoga is not how we look, it should be how we feel.

We are all different, we cannot do same asana sometimes, but that is okay.

Whatever we can, we feel comfortable.

It was really great experience.

Next Sunday, I will leading Basic Ashtanga class at lululemon at 8:30, hopefully many people who were inspired by our demo show up!



私がlululemonでヨ ガを教える機会を頂いたのと、以前従業員だったAさんのお口添えで、ヨガハワイがStudio of the monthに選ばれた。
ちょうど改 装して新たなスタートをきる6月、絶好のタイミング!
ポスターを飾ってもらったり、日曜日の無料ヨガのクラスを担当させてもらうほか、ステージで デモできないかという案がでたのはアシュタンガのミーティング。
スタジ オのもろもろで大忙しのR&Tに人集めを頼まれて、アシュタンガの先生とレギュラーの生徒さんたちに声をかけてみた。

いやいや意 外。
いっつもSHYとは無縁かと思われる人たちが口をそろえてI’m too shy, I can’t do thatって!!!

アシュタンガを短いシー クエンスにして、5呼吸のところを3呼吸にしよう、と決まったのがなんと木曜日…ま、アシュタンギはシークエンスをみんなしってるから、練習する必要はな いんだけどね。
完璧にする必要はないのよ、Just for FUN!と説得している自分、実は自分自身が一番緊張していたりするのだけど…。

なんと朝レッスンをうけ、そのあと昼から自分のレッス ン、ハーフの第一回目をこなし、それからアラモアナにかけつけるというハードスケジュール。
最 後の最後に、みにいくだけにする、と言っていた生徒さんがマットをもってきてくれた!
I’m sooooo happy you made it!

私にとって一番嬉しかったことは出 たくない、と言っていた生徒さんたちがみんな、『出てよかった!』と言ってくれたこと。
I’m so glad I did that!
と 喜んでくれたこと。
自分自身やスタジオに恥をかかせたくないから出ない、と言っていた彼女たち、とても楽しかった、機会があればまたやりたい!と まで!

そしてそれぞれみんなが違うからだをもっていて、できることも違って、でも その中で自分が心地よく感じることをやればいいのだということ。
体が柔らかくないとヨガはできない、と思っている人も多いし、太っていたらできな い、と言う人も多い、でもそれは大きな間違い。

Great Success!



2 Responses to "Demo at Ala Moana"

Glad it all worked out well! I hope being the Studio of the Month brings more and more yogis/ yoginis to Yoga Hawaii!!!

You can see cute boy’s picture on my other private blog….check it out!

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