In case you’ve missed our previous Wednesday Advanced Class, last week we went through a hybrid session, incorporating standing poses and forward bends. In this video, we will be predominantly exploring forward bends. These recordings of live sessions can be helpful not only for those who don’t have the opportunity to take part in the classes but also for those who have missed out on a class and would like to catch up before the next session.
The main theme of today’s class is interconnection. We will work on increasing our awareness of our bodies, learning to listen to the subtle signs and instructions it gives us so as to help us distribute work more efficiently in any given pose.
Mr. Iyengar used to tell his students to “See” or “Watch” but, as simple as such instructions might seem, their full implementation only comes after years of practice. The key thing to keep in mind is that if you keep searching, you will eventually find what you are looking for. One of the things that will often hinder our progress is our overreliance on our brain to direct us. This is a habit that we should aim to break out of if we want to establish a healthy relationship with ourselves.
Yoga aims to teach us to use our bodies as well as our brains to give us relevant information on the processes that guide our movements. It is interesting that oftentimes we are most receptive to the subtle hints our bodies give us when we are feeling out of shape or when we are troubled by some nagging pain. In situations of discomfort, we are much more tuned to our bodies and are much more aware of any little changes in our practice. But when things are good, we tend to take them for granted. So, today we will look at ways of getting in touch with our bodies and discovering the lessons they are trying to teach us.