“Hypothetically speaking, if I came to one of your classes do I have to buy those stupid yoga pants?”
Asked my boyfriend the other day when I got home from work. After a slight giggle (and a ton of internal excitement) I informed him that, no, he would be just fine in sweatpants or gym shorts.
As the evening went on I asked if he was actually serious about coming to one of my yoga classes. You see my boyfriend just recently finished his 4 years of active service in the Marine Corps, with one deployment to Iraq followed up by one to Afghanistan. If you found this website it probably isn’t a secret to you the changes that can follow a deployment. Falling asleep can be a big issue, driving on the highway can be stressful, and there is usually an overwhelming need to have a firearm within close range.
Being the girlfriend who teaches yoga for this type of thing I would casually throw in a “why don’t you come to a class” or a “hey, try this yoga DVD with me”. But no matter how many times I asked, I always got the “ehh, not today” or the “yoga is silly” response. So that is why I was shocked when he brought it up on his own and I was not about to pass it up.
Lucky for him I was teaching a class the next day at Nellis AFB. I was subbing for another instructor so I had a pretty slow, basic class planned but reassured him anyways that it wouldn’t be as terrible as I’m sure he was thinking it would have been. The hour came and went and I couldn’t wait for the ride home to hear what he thought of his first yoga class ever (while inside I was hoping for the best but preparing for the worst).
“So what did you think?” I asked about .002 seconds after getting in my car
“It was alright”
“Just alright? That’s it?” He knew it was driving me crazy
“Fine, I liked it”
As a yoga teacher hearing your class was good always gives you that warm fuzzy feeling. Hearing it from a Veteran, who you know will benefit from the class even more, makes you feel even better. But hearing it from someone you love who you know you helped, if even just a little bit, reinforced all the reasons why I do this work in the first place.
While watching him during the class it was pretty obvious that for that hour, for the first time in a while, the deployments were not the first thing on his mind.
And that is really all that matters.