I practice yoga. And it occurred to me recently that yoga really influences how I work with clients.
Your post-Enlightenment self has probably put yoga in a box with running, weight training, pilates, and aerobics. And I suspect some yoga classes are like that.
I’ve been fortunate to have taken yoga classes with folks who don’t really see it that way — Karen Smereka at Yoga Connection, Havi Brooks at The Fluent Self (unless I’m mistaken, pretty well everything Havi does is yoga), Louise who taught an ante-natal yoga and active birth class in Birmingham back when I was pregnant (forgive me, my kid is about to turn 15)
Here’s some of what I’ve learned
Meet yourself where you are
Asana = home: you might be working hard but you should be comfortable
It’s up to you to make the modifications and use the props that you need
What you resist persists
Remember to breathe
Even just thinking about your body doing the pose is beneficial
Advanced practice is not being able to get into some complicated pose; it’s about how you stand in line at the post-office.
That probably makes no sense to you at all.
Don’t worry. I’m going to post about each of those things and ramble on a bit about how they make a difference.