Hating downward facing dog

I have had a very hard time this first semester at school with my third period class. Today we took the final exam and tomorrow is the last day. So after the exam I asked the students (in all my classes) who wanted to write down what they liked and what they disliked about class.  Some were in yoga and the others in dance. This is what they had to say:

Dance is Amazing. I like the teacher and what she has to offer. I learned many techniques. I’ll be back!

I enjoyed class you were a great teacher. I didn’t like the anoying people who didn’t participate.

I dislike the fact that I hardly have any rhythm but I love all the workouts and the fun we had.  Meditation was dope.

What I liked about yoga is everything. What I didn’t like is that yoga is over.

I liked the meditate because it helped me get my stress out. I really had fun in this class. And you are an awesome teacher. I like how you teach. Have a good day.

I liked most learning new things and meditation. I really had fun in this class.

I liked that when I was mad or sad it would make me feel better. I am going to miss it…and the teacher too 🙂 I disliked the mean girls but whatever.

I loved how flexable I got and the workout. It was a blast with one of the best yoga teacher ever.

I loved how the teacher taught the class and helped us do the best we could.

I like that I learned how to calm down and stretch my muscles.  Disliked when I could not do a position I felt left out.

Everything it was a fun class.

Honestly, I felt touched. I expected a lot of I hate downward dog and many wrote that but I did not expect the positive feedback about me and the support in being frustrated with the “mean girls”.

I was really saddened by the one comment of how not being able to do a position made them feel left out.  I will address that in my new class and be more aware.

I feel like today I was given many little sparkly kisses as an unexpected gift.

                                                       In gratitude, Yotaki


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Aurora
    Oct 12, 2011 @ 23:36:45

    Beautiful day! So glad you had such a fine day, Yotaki, love the sharing of all the great student comments… 🙂


  2. Brenda
    Oct 14, 2011 @ 00:18:23

    As hard as I know you have worked and the struggles to keep going forward that you have experienced, this has to be uplifting and enlightening for you. I am proud of you that you stuck by your guns and hung in there, you have made a huge difference in these young peoples’ lives. Thanks for sharing


  3. Irene Tobias Rodriguez
    Oct 23, 2011 @ 14:01:54

    Good for you for doing a good job.
    When I was teaching I had a “success folder,” a notebook with comments from students, things given to me, success stories and the like. On hard days it is nice to open the book and realize, “I do make a difference.” Although I ‘ve been retired for a while, I still have the book.


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