Since yoga has become my full time job and my only means of an income, I very rarely get a substitute teacher for my classes. On an occasion when I do get a sub, I always notice after the class occurs that the class size is much smaller than a normal crowd for my class. The next time I teach the class, at least a few students will say to me, "I saw that you had a sub for class, so I didn't come last week." Or, in the event when I have had to change around my schedule and switch class times permanently with another teacher, I've had students tell me that they no longer take class at that time.
If I'm being honest, this is flattering -- students telling you how loyal they are to you and to your class, this attitude that no other teacher could possibly be better than you. It's quite the ego booster.
But, what about for the other teacher? What about for the substitute teacher? What about the teacher that is taking over your time slot? What about them?
What if I told you.......I am THAT teacher. I am the substitute teacher. I am the person taking over a new time slot for your favorite class for your favorite teacher.
As of last month, I picked up a few new classes on my schedule, so I am the new kid in town. I am the teacher you have never heard of. I am the teacher that you ask your friends about before coming to my class: "Have you taken her class before? Is it good? Is it worth going to?"
We've all asked these questions to our friends. Who is this new teacher? Are they a brand new teacher or do they have experience? What is their style like? Is it worth my time to take their class or will I hate it? Should I take a different class with a teacher who I am already familiar with and know that I already like?
I have asked my yoga friends these questions before. I have skipped class when my favorite teacher gets a sub. I've done it. I'm guilty.
Don't we sometimes find things we like by accident? Don't we sometimes end up liking something we thought we might not like at all?
Give your new teacher a chance.
Give ME a chance.
If you try my class and decide that my teaching style is not for you, I will understand. BUT, perhaps you take my class and love it.
After all, I might be your new favorite teacher.
I hope to practice with you soon.