I had another student tonight bring her own mat. She told me that she would like to practice at home and thought the mat would be encouragement. It just makes my heart swell.
Also, tonight after class a student came up to me and told me how much she loves my class. I thought my heart would explode. I remember just starting yoga, and even now, going to a class that I love. It really has the power to change my outlook. That feeling after a good class with a great teacher (not calling myself great, just thinking of my teachers) is like being wrapped in a cozy blanket. My body feels limber and calm. My mind is quiet. My heart is light. My stress is gone. It is bliss. Pure bliss. And, to think that my students are getting even a small glimpse of that bliss makes my heart bubble over.