Last night I realized a longtime dream and taught my very first “official” yoga class. What a rush! Teaching yoga has been a dream of mine since I was a teenager taking classes on the beach with my mom. I auditioned last week at a local studio here in Charlotte, and was asked to sub for another teacher just a few days later. Even though I was super nervous, I was also glad that I didn’t have too much time to worry about it. May as well just dive in headfirst, right? I had a great group of five students, which was the perfect size for a newbie teacher (and nothing compared to what I dealt with as a school teacher!) The students were amazing and I didn’t seem to traumatize anyone, so I’ll call it a win.
When planning a yoga class, it’s tempting to want to pull out all the stops. The perfect playlist, a dharma talk worthy of the Dalai Lama, and Sanskrit overkill. Luckily, I remembered my teachers’ advice to 1) be natural and 2) keep it simple. I didn’t need to be the regular teacher of this class or a yoga expert. I needed to be Ensley. I went in there knowing I would do the best I could but that it would be far from perfect. My playlist was ok (not great), my dharma talk was alright, and I only flubbed my Sanskrit a few times. What I really cared about was students leaving the class lighter than they entered it, and I think I achieved that.
Maybe Keep It Simple should be the mantra of my year. Today’s capsule outfit is one of my favorites once the temps drop below eighty. Black forever has my heart, and these jeans seriously feel + fit like the softest jeggings you’ve ever owned. I’m moving away from constricting clothes and more towards pieces that flatter my figure while still maximizing comfort. When it comes to both yoga and outfits, simple just always seems to be what works for me.
01 | Distressed jeans
02 | Black PIKO
03 | Non-leather sandals
04| Non-leather tote (a fall MVP!)
05 | Aviators
IDEAS + SUCH
Knot it. Pikos are my favorite because of their beautiful neckline, skinny sleeves, and billowy texture. But I’ve stopped wearing them flowy in favor of knotting at the front or tucking them into the front of my jeggings.
Texture + details. Again, this outfit is pretty basic: jeans + a black shirt. The slight distressing on the jeans and the unusual lines of the PIKO are what make it special.
Totes y’all. This tote was one of the first items I purchased for my fall capsule. The only other bags I had were my crossbodies or backpack, and I wanted something I could toss a paperback or other small items in to. To top it all off? It’s reversible! It comes in a million color combos, is leather-free, and feels nice and sturdy.
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In other news, I’ve been asked to teach a class every Wednesday morning from 10:45-12. If you’re in the Charlotte area and have a flexible work schedule, I’d LOVE to see you in the studio!