I read a post from a yoga teacher who was listing all the ways yoga teachers can unknowingly hurt their students. And she was wondering what happened to the principle of Ahimsa, a deliberate choice to avoid creating pain (to ourselves or others).
Of course, no yoga teacher chooses
to hurt themselves or their students on purpose.
So HOW DO THEY GET INJURED or promote injuries in students? Why are EXCESS TENSION and POOR POSTURE off the mat such common problems?
One of the reasons for this is a LACK OF CLARITY as to how to use joints appropriately on and off the mat.
UNKNOWINGLY CREATING FAKE JOINTS causes much tension build-up in your muscles and a common habit to lock your real joints both on and off the mat.
And these habits become a vicious cycle!
When you use your NECK AS A HINGE to initiate a head motion, you unknowingly create tension in your neck because your neck is not a joint.
When you use your BACK AS A HINGE to move your torso, you unknowingly create tension in your back because your back is not the joint to move your torso from.
THE TRICK IS
you may not always be doing
what you think you are doing!
So, you go from unknowingly stressing your muscles and joints to stretching them – till you run the risk of killing their natural tone.
Your “fake joints” (usually muscles) eventually complain that you’re giving them a job that’s not theirs to do. All the while, you wonder why your neck or back hold such a level of tension when you work so hard at stretching your tension?
That’s one vicious cycle that keeps your body uptight in daily life, even when you’re not even stressed out! Being stressed out will naturally enhance this tension cycle.
FLEXIBILITY STARTS WITH YOUR REAL JOINTS
being used appropriately and without excess tension. This promotes you functioning as the integrated whole that you are whatever you are doing.
FOR NOW, START TO OBSERVE YOURSELF. Next time you go about stretching a muscle, check if your body is in a state of expansion or contraction?
How can you lengthen muscles when your body is in a shortened state?
How can your energy flow through you if your joints are locked while in a pose?
Want to change how you use your body and practice yoga more efficiently? Want to promote a state of expansion within which your muscles and joints can truly release? Want to experience natural good posture (even when you are not thinking about it).
Am happy to assist you in any way I can, no strings attached. It is my life purpose to inspire and guide you to DANCE THE JOY OF WHOLENESS.
Besides, there is nothing like a fresh perspective to UP-LEVEL YOUR PRACTICE.
You’ve got nothing to lose
in exploring this approach
but habits that no longer serve you!