On Sunday I taught my second ever power yoga class. Yay!
A bunch of male and female members of our SFFitness Centre came along to take part in a special January detox class I put together for them.
Afterwards, I was glad to hear people really enjoyed it.
After all the work I put into delivering a great class, I was well chuffed to hear that!
However, the first thing I did after the class was approach my husband John – who also took part in it – and ask him for feedback.
In fact, I asked him to tell me the negative stuff, the stuff he thought I could improve on. I asked him to criticize my class.
John’s been in the fitness industry for over 12 years, and is considered one of the health and fitness authorities in Ireland. So if anyone knows how to deliver effective, safe and enjoyable training it’s him.
But why would I ask him to criticize my class?
Because it’s the only way I’m gonna get better.
Did my ego hurt a little bit hearing his expert suggestions on what I should and shouldn’t do?
Hell yeah, I’m only human after all.
But within seconds I’d gotten over it and focused my mind on what’s useful here, and that’s learning so I can be even better next time.
Because of this, I know my students will get an even better class this week, and next week , and the following week too.
Embracing criticism like this has allowed me to become the best person, wife, daughter, sister, friend, and coach I can be. I’m still a work in progress, obvs.
But now I plan to use the same strategy to become the best yoga teacher I can be.
Of course, I don’t care what a total stranger has to say about me. I don’t consider that criticism.
What someone who doesn’t know me has to say about me is their business, not mine 🙂