I know that I know nothing - Socrates
As a teacher - where do I find inspiration for my classes? The answer is multifaceted.
I start with myself, taking a moment to tune in and feel what my body and mind need. I explore this in my own practice at home, which resembles nothing like the practice I might teach or that I do in a class with another teacher. It’s more explorative, very repetitive and works on specific parts of my body that need attention. It’s more subtle and works on soft and connective tissue other than the big muscle groups.
I go to classes with there teachers too and, although I have my favourite go-to practice (vinyasa), I attend all different types of classes. It is important to explore the body through different approaches with the help of different teachers. I always learn something from each class - even if I think I’ll never go back! - and I can decide if what learnt is valuable to me and potentially to my students.
I spend time sharing my findings with people with whom I have things in common, but whom also might approach the same thing from a different angle. This allows us to feel connected and understood, but also creates a good environment to look at things from different points of view and challenge perceptions we might have constructed in our findings.
I regularly attend teacher trainings. I want to learn more, challenge what I already know and find new aspects and specialisations to incorporate in my practice and teaching. I also keep studying with my main teachers on a regular basis, in order to deepen my understanding: how many times we heard something repeated to us, but only at some point the penny dropped?
I regularly go to dance shows, arts exhibitions, theatre. It all feeds creativity and inspiration.
Books can be a great source of inspiration and challenge, and the advantage is that you can always go back and revisit them - they are still there, black on white. I thought to share on this page my latest reading adventures in case someone might find them useful or inspiring.
The Body Keeps the Score, Bessel Van Der Kolk
Getting Our Bodies Back, Christine Caldwell
How To Be Human, Ruby Wax
Emotional Agility, Susan Davis
Buddha’s Brain, Rick Hanson
Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, Chogyam Trungpa
Waking the Tiger, Peter Levine
The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz
The Power of Vulnerability, Bene Brown
The Untethered Soul, Michael A. Singer
The Radiance Sutras, Lorin Roche - I dip in and out of
Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu - haven’t read it yet, but will tackle next
I will add to these overtime to keep the list up-to-date.