Yoga Class Can Be Serious and Be Fun!
My first teacher, Sivaram, showed us the wonder of beautiful fluid postures, while gently joking, explaining the meanings of the names of the postures, and assisting us in our efforts in the postures. None of us had ever been exposed to yoga, but we were trying things that looked impossible and strange and we were having fun. My classes reflect, in some small way, that early influence.
I've learned from many great, famous, and serious teachers over the years, yet my early introduction to yoga is where I found the heart of yoga, the joy and the peace of breathing, meditating and chanting.
I like to provide my students with a guide for home practice. A group class is invigorating, yet developing the discipline to practice on one's own and experience the joy of a meditative solitary session is a great part of a personal yoga practice.