Saturday, October 1, 2011

Moroccan yogis

For those of you who are not aware a yogi is a name for a person who practices yoga. I have been creating some yogis in my small Moroccan town.

I started teaching yoga to two friends of mine back in March. It was just the two of them and myself and I loved every minute of it. They seemed to really love it too. I was happy to be giving them a new way to take care of themselves, relieve stress, and relax.

Pretty soon it was just Khadija. She loved doing yoga so much and I often went to her house to give her private lessons. She really is a natural, she picked up most of the moves very quickly and truly has a body for yoga.

Just about a week and a half ago I was approached by some of Rababe's teachers asking me to teach them yoga. Four young, independent women who are teach various subjects at the high school here. I picked a time and a place, at one of the womens' house, and we had our first class on Thursday evening.

We had it on the roof where there was a nice smooth surface and it was nice and cool. I brought Khadija along for the first class to help explain some of the basic concepts of yoga and to help demonstrate. It was nice having an assistant teacher.

The women loved the first yoga class. Knowing that they wanted to practice yoga at night and that they have very stressful jobs I wanted to focus on stress relief techniques help promote good sleep. They all were very relaxed by the end of it.

Yoga is not a common thing here, most people know little to nothing about it. I am happy to have found some interested students willing to try something new. I'm glad to be able to share something I am passionate about with them. Since it has helped me so much I hope it can help them too.