||[Dec. 6th, 2004|08:01 pm]
Update on the Yoga cards of my previous post: quite valuable in fact. I found a way to put them to good use. Every morning I pick up 6 cards at random. I put them "in order" (standing poses first, or in the "usual" order in which movements are made). They then form the basis of my program. I add by myself the necessary transition poses and counter-poses.
It is a good diversion from my routines. It adds variety and also forces me to think about the logic and progression of the exercises.
I also found that breathing exercises (simply “Aum”) before a session improved it a lot as I put myself to the rhythm of my respiration. I don't understand why my teacher didn't get us to do that before every session. Except for the fact it really sounds strange.
I am seriously thinking that I would like to set up some yoga course, just for some friends. I have already got some people to try some poses, and explained many times what yoga was about to sceptics. I think I was convincing.
The only problem is that from a moral point of view, I don't feel authorized to teach yoga. And from the technical perspective, I am not flexible enough, although I do think I have a good understanding of most of the basic asanas. Besides, i do know from experience I am not too appreciated as a teacher, and since I don't yet understand exactly why, I will have to wait. I think it has to do with the fact I am not flexible in my mind either, I am too directive, closed onto myself, suspicious and quite simply... not kind.
I will definitely go to a retreat one of those days, maybe just before the summer. I think this is necessary so as to prevent myself going soft and bungling my practice.