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 for forgetting her full name, that was 1997)
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
What you resist persists
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. I’ve even created a category for these posts: Learned in Yoga Class.
Edited May 30, 2016.