I am going to teach The Dailey Method!
This is old news if you know me or follow me on Twitter or Instagram but this is literally the first moment I’ve had time to sit down and write about it. And I only have time right now because I’m digesting breakfast before heading out for a run.
Awhile ago, I was approached about the possibility of teaching. I died of SqueeDelightProudness. I’ve been taking Dailey Method regularly since I began this blog in February of 2012 (!) and the invitation to teach felt like a wonderful validation of the hard work I’ve put into my practice and the strength I’ve gained from it. TDM’s deep commitment to anatomically correct alignment and form is in sync with my approach as a voice teacher and I have the schedule flexibility to teach classes so…..no brainer, right? Just say yes?
Well, there was one thing holding me back.
(Well, two if you count the audition which seriously sent me into a full PANIC every time I thought about it.)
I HAVE TO SWIM BIKE RUN 70.3 MILES IN FIVE MONTHS.
I knew the training for Dailey Method would be just as time and mind consuming as training for Augusta. Especially because I pour myself completely into anything that’s important to me. I obviously couldn’t take both on at the same time. My goal during Augusta training was to get to TDM a minimum of twice a week but probably not much more than that. Both Augusta training and TDM training are sure to push me way out of my comfort zone. How could I handle being in wonderful but anxiety-producing situations so much of the time? No way, right? Also, the audition. I had to teach a short portion to one or both of the studio owners and the idea of making a fool of myself in front of these women I respect was SO BARFY.
So, I explained that I had already committed to training for Augusta and that I was really interested in pursuing it in the fall. Everyone was happy with that and I filed it away in the “future” folder.
And then I got a sweet email saying “Well, we’re having these workshops and it would be great if you could come so why don’t you just audition and we’ll see…”
So, I prepared like a crazy person and successfully auditioned. The feedback I received made me feel much more confident and like most things, once I know I can sort of do it, I REALLY WANT TO DO IT. Just tell me I’m okay at something and I’m off to the races.
And then I went to a weekend of workshops and ascended into TDM nerd heaven. I just LOVE learning about things that I enjoy doing. Digging into the how and why of every single exercise, position, and cue gave me even more respect for this method. I always knew that my instructors were very knowledgable and I often marveled at how they would tell you to shift weight or engage a certain part to activate a certain muscle and it always happened! Learning to facilitate that experience for someone else has been fascinating and really, really fun. I also have a great cohort of ladies who are currently training and one of my besties trained to teach last year and has given me tons of helpful tips.
When I agreed to attend the workshops, I figured I would pick away at the training through the summer and ramp up after Augusta. And then I was hooked and decided that instead, I would compress the intense part of TDM training (class observations, workshops, and developing my training class) during the base phase of Augusta. My hope is that as Augusta training ramps up, my TDM training will be tapering down to the point where I’m presenting mock classes and going live on the schedule.
So, basically, I’m insane and thrilled and Britney Spears.
See you at the studio! #TeachItDailey #HappyFit #AllNewHashtags