Week 7 Lessons
- “Knees are where you store fear & resistance”: Our teacher for Monday morning class mentioned this, and it really resonated for me as my left knee has been troubling me for two weeks now. It’s probably from an old knee injury four years back, but who knows. I was doing really well being patient with it for the first week, but by the end of the second week my frustration level went up. It doesn’t hurt a lot or at the “normal” problem poses for knees, it hurts in Awkward and Bow. After hearing this, however, I’ve tried circumventing my expectation that it’s going to hurt–don’t think, just do–and it has definitely helped. In other words, stop being afraid my knee is going to hurt and stop resisting the pose. My knee’s still off, but the sharp pain isn’t happening. Progress!
- “Things don’t happen when you want them to happen. They happen when they’re supposed to happen” -Jim Kallett: To make a long (rumor-filled) story short, the hot room got shut down and 6 classes were cancelled this week from Tuesday afternoon until Friday afternoon. It made this whole week feel rather weird–it definitely made us live “in the moment,” though, since we never knew what the schedule was going to look like! Along with some of my group mates, I used some of our breaks to track down yoga at the local studios so thankfully I managed to at least get one class each day this week. As a result of the quandary, we have 3 bonus classes this weekend. So, no weekend really, but at least I’ll only be 2 classes down from the original 99-class estimate.
- Yoga as therapy: One of the major themes of our lectures involves refocusing from Westernized medicine– namely doctors and hospitals and “disease care”–to a more (w)holistic outlook on genuine health care. As in, promoting physical, mental, and social well-being (instead of “healthy”=”absence of disease/infirmity”) and looking at the whole person and not just the problem area. Although obviously Western modern medicine is extremely advanced and excels in many areas, I think we can all agree it sucks when it comes to chronic & stress-related problems. On Friday, Dr. Dilip Sakar came and spoke to us about yoga therapy in the U.S.. Not only was it a clear, concise, and well-organized lecture, he talked (amongst other things) all about how hatha [physical] yoga helps treat and even prevent genetically predisposed ailments. We also got a really cool sociological look into how yoga’s media portrayal has changed. SO COOL! I love learning. I am a geek. That is all.
Week 7 Highlights
- There’s no party like a yogi party: They gave us Monday afternoon off for Memorial day and had a pool party instead. It was awesome! We played pool games, danced, and enjoyed each other’s company at a point in time when we’d expected to be locked indoors reciting postures. Cue immense gratitude.
- Learning from each other: Monday night a bunch of my groupmates and I got together to dinner and dialogue studying, but instead spent most of the time sharing how we were feeling and saying anything we wanted to say. It was incredible, not only because I feel like I really know these people so much better and love them so much, but also because it was incredibly thought-provoking! For instance, we talked about the idea of “the box”–the normal life path that, as yoga teachers, we’re necessarily not quite fitting into. Instead of fighting so hard to avoid it, don’t be afraid of the box either. Just be true to yourself. If you land in or out of the box, don’t worry about it…. well, more likely we’ll all spend some time weaving and jumping around those particular boundaries! In any case, that evening was a really special moment.
- Posture clinics done: WE FINISHED POSTURE CLINICS! All postures presented. However, in the nature of teacher training (and life), now we’re moving on to practicing multiple postures together and actually learning how to teach a class. Which is waaaay more intimidating. Onwards and upwards, folks!