student questions

Intense. But Adaptable

 

A student working her way through a home practice I designed for her emailed me to state the sequence is intense but adaptable. 

Love that.

Now for those new to this practice...what  the heck does INTENSE but ADAPTABLE mean? 

INTENSE but ADAPTABLE means that this sequence is REALLY hard (since most things that cause REAL CHANGE tend to be HARD) but not so ridiculously hard that she can't find a way to practice EFFECTIVELY.

Now lets be clear about what we mean by sequence....any sequence we are working on....well it is like a MAP.

A map is series of directions to get you to where you want to go.

First this pose.

Then that pose.

Add in this breathing technique.

Start to gather some insight.

And so on.

If the sequence is  the MAP, our body is the VEHICLE. 

We invest our efforts into learning how to drive it. 

Of course we all have DIFFERENT cars....mine is a vintage model that tends to veer to the left. But as my mentor Nevine Michaan told me years ago, it doesn't matter if you get rear ended or something is missing from your car....you still are responsible for driving it.

Speeding doesn't work.

I know I tried it.  

Slow and steady gets us there but truth be told going TOO slow is going to make you forget why you are on the road.

Truth. 

So lets keep things intense but adaptable.

Think about it.

What the heck is advanced?

 A question I get ALOT is....

 "Do I need to be advanced to come to class?" 

Short answer: Yes. 

But what the heck is advanced?

Long answer: You need to be an advanced student.   

An advanced student brings to their yoga practice a curiosity about how to live better in the body they live in.

Sprinkle that with a sense of humor, a keen awareness that we ALL are athletes in this wild sport of life, and you are advanced.

Our aim is high. Of course it is.

We are seeking to build a yoga practice that is personal, useful and EFFECTIVE.

We come to practice to figure out ways to best navigate the body we live in NOW... to reclaim space and strength we might have forgotten was there.

Forgotten until we rolled out our yoga mat, rolled up our sleeves and got to work.

So the class requires you to be an advanced LEARNER. 

So how do you get advanced at learning?

By being a student.

 

Think about it.