I would like to begin with the same suggestion I did in the first part of this blog: If you have never done yoga before and/or you have an injury or physical condition currently, please talk to your health care provider before starting a practice. There are physical conditions that do require some modifications of yoga practice.
Unusual as it is for me to do more thanone post a week, I had a question come in that I wanted to answer in this forum as I suspect others may be interested also. As I am going to give some specific postural suggestions in this post, this is important: If you have specific health issues, or injuries, please do not start doing a yoga practice until you have talked to your health practitioner.
The other day we got into a discussion about twists iin one of my classes. (That does seem to be what drives this blog.... a question or just something interesting in class about which I find myself musing). I do not intend to do a detailed anatomical analysis, or literature review of research on twists, but I would like to make some general points on why one might wish to do them, and what are some things to think about in practicing them.
Thunder and lightening are entertaining my eyes and ears as I write tonight. I have been taking it easy and am healing well. Resting my leg has helped so much, of course!!!! I had family here the whole weekend so it made it easier to not workout and actually sit down now and then. I enjoyed my time but man is it tiring even if you aren't doing that much except entertaining and running around. Today I went for a walk after the rain, it was so pretty out. last day of rest and now back to the grind tomorrow.
If we were to find ourselves in a weightless, gravity free environment balance practice would be meaningless. Balance of our bodies assumes a frame of reference within which we are blancing. I think for yoga this is one of the most interesting aspects of practicing balance. In yoga one of the first journeys we take is an inward journey.... learning to listen carefully to our bodies, to connect our bodies to our thoughts and our breath. But a journey only inward is inherently sterile.
When I used to run my own business and someone would call about coming to work with my I always advised them to start with one class, rather than buying the 6 class ticket I sold. My reasoning was that I knew I was a good teacher, but there are many good teachers. (i.e. it is a necessary, but not sufficient condition) The question was was I the right teacher for that person at that time in their life. So the first thing I would suggest is: if you took a class and did not care for it, try a few others.