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.
This is from 'Engineering the Alpha' by John Romaniello & Adam Bornstein. PLEASE take note. I agree with all of them.
1. Fat doesn't make you fat. It is necessary for hormonal balance.
2. Heavy weights don't make you bulky. Don't fear them, they are your friend.
3. Yoga is not for girls.
4. Muscle does not weigh more than fat. But fat does take up a lot more space than muscle.
I have had several conversations lately about using mirrors while doing yoga. I come back (as I do so often) to Aristotle and the golden mean. Mirrors can absolutely help with finding alignment. "Ah, my hip is dropping and my ribs too far forward". But if we always use a mirror it can be harder to strengthen our connection to the internal kinesthetic cues. The eyes are for most of us a primary vehicle of information (just look at our language "I see" is equivalent to "I understand").
Today is "Study Day" at UCA, which marks one special day of the semester when students will call/email/text to ask "When will you be in your office today.... I need to discuss my grade/talk to you about what I can do to get an A in your class....", to which I get to reply "I won't be in my office today." Oh, the stress of being a student and/or a teacher (and/or ANYONE in the world today, really!)....
It sure is easy to feel that way when an otherwise fit and healthy person (me) tries yoga. I began to be intrigued when participants in my MELT classes (or Pilates for that matter) all of a sudden told me that that ‘was yoga’. I am not a yoga teacher, and I am also not a yoga practitioner but I respect this modality highly. I am also aware that there are many schools of yoga which can vary quite fundamentally from one another in addition to all the hybrid creations of the western world (my favorite is probably hip-hop yoga).
Yesterday I went on my first run in over 6 months! I felt like a school girl waitting to go on a first date. A little scared. A little nervous. A little excited. As I laced up my sneakers, I worried if the pain would return. Was I really healed? Had the all the months of physical therapy worked?
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