I read a post from a yoga teacher who was listing all the ways in which 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.
Yoga helps lots of people with their aches and pain.
How can people get hurt practicing yoga, even when they are being mindful?
How can mindful teachers promote injuries in students?
Maybe we may start by wondering about why are EXCESS TENSION and POOR POSTURE in daily life such common problems? Even with yoga practitioners and teachers!
The fact is that you can only be mindful of what you are aware of. And how people unknowingly misuse their hinges on and off the mat is not commonly in their range of awareness.
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!
As a result, 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 AWARENESS OF 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 overall body is in a state of expansion, contraction, or compression?
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?
Do you want to change how you use your body and practice yoga more efficiently?
Do you want to promote inner expansion so your muscles and joints can truly release?
Do you want to experience natural good posture (even when you are not thinking about it).
I am happy to assist you in any way I can. 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!
If you are ready to be free of chronic tension or pain lingering despite your yoga practice, or you want to take constructive action to prevent this common challenge, schedule a Free Consult with me and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.