Yoga For The Elite Athlete
As discussed in our prior blog, Tai Chi And Yoga In America, “mainstream Yoga, as practiced by most in the world today, sprung from wealthy Indian palaces less than 1000 years ago where it was taught to young vibrant athletic men.”
One of the drawbacks of mainstream yoga today is that, no matter what you may read about it being gentle to the body, it was originally designed for young elite male athletes. Even if you were already in peak physical condition possessing a high level of strength, flexibility and balance there would be an inborn greater risk of injury.
Yoga Is Risky For The Unfit
Today’s Yoga students are predominantly in poor physical condition. Being out-of-shape, both novice and amateur Yoga practitioners have a high incidence of pain from over stretching, herniated discs, repetitive motion injuries, injuries to the low back sacral-hip region, torn ligaments, shoulder, knee and neck injuries. There’s controversy as to whether Yoga really does have more injuries than other activities Americans take up but there’s no denying Yoga related injuries are on the upswing.
Is Yoga Losing Its Mind?
Mainstream Yoga is losing its mind. Yoga’s original attitude has turned into inadequate training, overly aggressive adjustments, injuries from being in overcrowded studios, showing off, pushing too hard to force poses, and unfit students with weak core postural muscles trying to imitate well seasoned teachers.
Even more disheartening is that the mental component of Yoga is nearly extinct. What remains from a rich core of ancient visualizations are a few basic imaginations. Contract and relax certain muscles, see a light traveling along channels of the body, create more space in your joints, and a few more. Without a doubt, these basic visualizations are powerful when used by an experienced practitioner but not as effective for the year-after-year hundreds of thousands newcomer students.
Did Yoga Lose Its Prana?
Yoga is losing its prana, the inner energetic power. Teachers today are either unqualified or not spending enough time sharing energy building visualizations with tactile, olfactory, symbolic, or multiple senses simultaneously. Millions of students aren’t connecting with their prana thus not collecting, storing and growing it.
Perfect Tai Chi™ Austin Yoga is an all around better, safer, and more effective energy building practice than what mainstream Yoga has to offer.