One of the best things about teaching is seeing students progress, work with their strengths and improve on their weaknesses - though I hesitate to use that word.. lets say, 'areas not as strong (YET) as other areas.
The key to improving a practice is perserverance. My teacher told me once 'the only way out, is through'. These words ring true in many areas of life.
There may be achey muscles for some in the coming days, and perhaps moments of 'Im never doing that again!' but, the reality is, yoga is something that needs to be practiced. I practice everyday, and it is just that - practice! I am self-diciplined and work on my yoga every morning before going to work, if I have the chance, after work too. But there are 'areas not as strong (YET) as other areas' for me too, even after 11 years of practicing yoga!
If we can manage 20 mins or 120 mins in a day, each session will help us to get to grips with all the combined aspects that work together to make yoga such an amazing thing. Breathe, tummy in, chin down, shoulders back...breathe and smile! Not to mention the actual getting-into of the asanas!
Little by little everything comes together.
So, in celebration of a little home practice (when there are a lack of classes), I have decided to put a series of posts together in the hope that it will encourage students to take a small chunk of time out of their day to practice a little yoga.
This months focus will be on Yin Yoga - the increasingly-popular, very slowwwww form of relaxation yoga.
Yin Yoga teaches us to find asanas (postures) and stick with them, literally for around 5-10 minutes.
It may not be for the busy minded person, although they do say - fast people; slow yoga (who are they anyway?!), but it is worth trying no matter how experienced or inexperienced you are.
Enjoy this new yoga style on a Sunday afternoon and you'll be lucky to get up off the floor at the end of it - pack a bag for Monday - it may be an all nighter!