Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Rigid in My Yoga



Since writing about rigid thinking, I've been noticing it more in myself. The other day, I got a "comment" from a student who took one of my classes saying they weren't able to relax because I didn't demonstrate. The truth is: I do demonstrate, sometimes,  but I do my best not to. Turns out I have a VERY STRONG opinion that you are not doing yoga if you are watching me do yoga and trying to do what I do.

I was taught to teach without demonstrating. My young yoga-teacher-in-training-mind was told very explicitly that there is no way a teacher can tell if their students are doing the postures safely and correctly while also doing yoga. I have been teaching this way for years without much discussion. It is only since I moved to New Mexico that this way I do things has come under scrutiny. The thing is, other teachers whose classes I take around here demonstrate a little, maybe a little bit more than me, but certainly not the whole class. The question that begs to be asked is why all the hullabaloo around my class? Do the other teachers have hullabaloo too? I don't think they do. The fuss is about me because I have a charge around the subject. I don't WANT to demonstrate, if you're in my class, I don't want you to look at me. Yoga in Sanskrit is defined as union, the joining together, of: your body and your breath, your mind and your body, yourself with your Self with a capital S. Don't look at me! This is between you and you! I'm yelling! And this here yelling is what we at tipsandtricks call a charge.

I have no choice but to laugh at my self with a lower-case s. Getting rigid in my thinking about yoga is pretty funny. And now that I'm coming to understand how hard rigid thinking can be on one's health, I can work on letting it go.

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