When we think of modifications it is often from a specific point of view.... “I have something going on that makes my usual practice/workout painful or inaccessible, so how do I work around it”. When a trainer or instructor first learns how to teach or train they generally will learn about common conditions and how they effect the body, and specific ways to 'modify' to those conditions. This is all very helpful.
When I used to have my own space and ran my own program I used to tell people who approached me about classes to buy a single class first, before they bought the 6 class pass. I knew I was competent: that was not the question. But not every teacher is the right teacher for every student. For me teaching yoga was never about how many bodies I could pack in the room, or how much money I could make, or how much press I could generate. It is kind of like the packaged food in the market....
Yoga studios tend to have a certain look. Part of this has to do with the practical needs of doing yoga. For example, a carpeted floor tends to hold more dust, and is less desireable for a practice where your face is regularly close to the floor. Part has to do with the rather long and highly fluid history of the practice of yoga.
When you come into a yoga class it is very typical to spend some time sitting quietly. I will often explain to my students that this time is not some sort of 'before', but is a part of the class. In any 'mind/body' modality it is important to foster the conditions where the connections of the stream of thought and the stream of movement can become seamless.
I consider myself pretty open minded I'll try anything at least once. But Yoga isn't it for girls? Sitting around in your lycra hot pants chanting like gibbons. That's what I used to think until my eyes were opened.I work with many healthcare professionals and I've been introduced to many wonderous alternative and complimentary therapies such as homeopathy.But yoga I knew very little about ashamingly. So a bit of a back story and I may go off on a tangent here but I need to do so to explain my story and experience fully so bare with me.
Marketing, one of those things that can create confusion especially in our world of fitness. Here is what I think are some of the phrases we hear in fitness that may confuse consumers. We have all seen it from the words "toning" "lean" "weight loss" and the most infamous, "long lean muscles". Also "six pack abs" "bigger", "stronger", "shredded", and just get "jacked". I don't know if you noticed, but marketing words used as my examples definitely target specific genders.
Yoga has been a popular exercise routine for men and women alike, as yoga increases a person’s flexibility, strengthens the core, and can even reduce stress. For those who have yet to give yoga a fair chance, it is important to note how beneficial yoga is to a person’s overall health.Here are four surprising health benefits of yoga:
Setting up a home gym, whether a spot on the floor for a mat and a couple of weights, or a dedicated room with a selection of equipment, is like setting up a business: it is generally better to have a plan in place than to approach it piecemeal. One wastes a lot less time, money, and energy. This doesn't mean one should buy or do everything at once. It is a way of spending wisely based on needs and resources.
What a person typically looks for from a personal trainer when they seek one out is typically different from what they look for from a yoga teacher. Just so the usual image of that a trainer looks and acts like tends to be different. Less so today, when there is so much overlap, with trainers starting to teach yoga, and yoga teachers offering individualized services that are more westernized than they used to be.
To figure out what, when, and how to eat in relationship to one's yoga practice, and more broadly to one's exercise one first has to decide what one wants as an outcome. In this, as in pretty much everything I talk about, context matters. I would say there are three main areas of concern one may have: athletic gain (broadly speaking.... this can mean gains in strength, speed, muscle mass, agility...