So the final session with my Iyengar instructor was kind of wonderful. However, I’m all the time amazed and impressed by yoga academics who’re skilled and have taught a LONG TIME and have WATCHED AND LEARNED FROM STUDENTS. Like they KNOW what’s unsuitable by students and the way to FIX it. So right here is my second. I all the time have them. She tells us to get bolsters for supta virasana, and I’m like oh f—- my knees. I had simply come off a month, actually the day earlier than, of my Scorching yoga problem. One of the many issues I used to be in search of, apart from getting my again bending again, which I DID, was getting extra flexion in my knees. I acquired a MINIMAL quantity. I cannot lay again in Hot yoga on this pose and may sit on two blocks on a superb day — three on a nasty. In Iyengar, they need you to wrap your knees shut in a strap and lay on bolsters. So I get the blocks out, and he or she says to get as many bolsters as I must lie again. I get three as a result of how will you even stack three not to mention 4 and I come again, and he or she says what’s unsuitable with my knees. I inform her arthritis, and he or she says out loud does anybody else right here have arthritis of their knees, and naturally, there are some laying again on bolsters that elevate their hand. She appears at me and says “you must work in your points.” DING DING DING DING She says to the group of lecturers YOU ALL must work in your points. Most of us are insecure about our points. However, college students have them. What we are taught HERE, by watching and paying ATTENTION will permit us to assist our college students later. This fashion of studying to show, via the eyes of somebody EXPERIENCED, permits for continuous revelation. It’s the small issues. Lack of motion, lack of intention, lack of consciousness. There’s SO MUCH TO LEARN. You are taught as a lot from your individual observe as others. I do know lecturers who DON’T observe.
“Flexibility is really momentary results of yoga, however the patterns final without end.” – Richard Freeman
And I’m like oh yeah, simply avoiding the problems gained assist the problems. I say this on a regular basis when I’m educating.
So since that day, I decided to only do Iyengar yoga just about and give attention to these points. And research Iyengar. It’s humorous how these lecturers can consult with Mild on Yoga for just about any reply. She says, do you all have the ebook? Effectively PICK IT UP on occasion. So humorous. HAHA, what good is the ebook doing on the shelf? She says she is on the THIRD COPY she has used them a lot.
After which, you understand I have this fixed wrestle with what to observe. And I preserve discovering out my FAVORITE Ashtanga lecturers additionally observe IYENGAR or have studied it. (Freeman, Ezraty, Garrigues) SO yesterday I’m watching this AMAZING Maty Ezraty interview:
I studied together with her final summer time. The five-day educating immersion it was VERY little the way to I bind in Marichy B/D. It was NONE of that, but it surely was extra the way to work via your points with alignment fairly than simply push via it. So within the interview, she talks concerning the variations after which the way to STUDY one type to make the opposite BETTER. And she or he is so proper. There isn’t a proper path. I’ve seen quite a lot of dialogue on inversions and whether or not they’re secure blah blah blah after which some cop-out nonsense on NOT educating them. So do you not observe your self? Is that a good suggestion? What’s an instructor? I don’t know. So then I see this from Garrigues:
“However inversions, they – I imply, it kinda will get into a complete topic, however they must be finished correctly, but when they’re finished correctly, they’re probably the most superb anti-aging factor, like, unimaginable health-giving advantages and youth – maintaining you youthful, however – so the Iyengar individuals do it within the afternoon simply ’trigger it takes longer, and so it’s a good time to do it in the event you can carve out the time, simply because, such as you guys had been saying, the Ashtanga observe is so demanding, and so it’s a – what I feel is – I feel it’s the form of worst factor in a means, the most important shadow facet, or certainly one of them, is the – how the inversions are getting form of lower out of the observe or getting means much less emphasis due to how tiring the observe is and the way a lot emphasis is being placed on the postures and the collection, after which by the point you get to that half, you’ve spent all of it. And so I’m not a giant fan of that. I feel that particularly as you become old – and partly as a result of the observed – bear in mind, it’s not about – I imply, its foremost factor is about meditation, actually, and meditation does require stopping the physique, you understand what I imply? There’s shifting meditation, however actually, sooner or later, you simply must cease your physique and cease the ideas going via.” – David Garrigues
So doing the additional observe. Learning. Svadhyaya. WORK ON YOUR STUFF. Watch. Be acutely aware. Remember. PRACTICE