With only three days till Christmas, I found myself in an incredibly joyful and uplifting yoga class with a masterful teacher leading the way. Poised and prepared, she lead a a full class of students through powerful, flowing and creative movement with a continual smile and enthusiastic commentary. What a gift! As a student of yoga, you get so caught up in the details of your own practice that you sometimes fail to notice the commitment and talents of your teacher. Let us not forget that teachers show up for every class with a new and inventive flow for our enjoyment. Let us not forget that teachers live full lives with all the same stressors as we do. Teachers have to shop for Christmas or Hanukkah gifts, teachers have family responsibilities, and teachers have overflowing holiday to-do lists. I have had the good fortune to participate in so many OTM classes over the years, and I have never been let down by an unprepared and unfocused teacher. (I’m not including tardiness or illness.) The connection between teacher and student grows deep the more time you spend in each other’s presence. It’s a fluid experience that truly doesn’t get old.