When you are perfectly incomplete… Kai Wai’s post 3/6
Human anatomy. Fact #101: No one is made the same. This is very important fact for a yoga teacher to (not only) understand but to appreciate and recognise that each student’s body structure is different so that yoga can be practised safely. Without doubt, there will be questions from students wanting to understand why they (somehow) cannot execute certain asana(s) and this knowledge of human anatomy is essential for yoga teachers to be able to identify students’ limitations and not get them to practice in an unsafe manner. Most importantly, students should always seek professional doctors’ advice.
We were also taught of the possible issues linked to the spine and who can be a better model than ourselves? Through observing each other, we highlighted issues of the body (from the ankles, knees, hips, spine and shoulders). With greater awareness, we readjust and realign ourselves. The challenge? To reset it to mid line every time we fall back to old habits (a.k.a. bad posture). This is not rocket science but conscious repeated ‘reminders’ are needed to ourselves through awareness and the body will adapt – conscious awareness goes beyond asana practice.
Beyond asana practice, we started to learn teaching and to give a flavour of it, we were asked to teach fellow course mates. It is only when you start giving instructions, the perspective shifts drastically. No longer will you just execute an asana like any other student but as a yoga instructor, but you must multi-task – name the asana, give cues, do adjustments for students etc and maybe execute the asana as well. All these while being in a calm state of mind. In a class, different students are receptive towards different kind of instructions; some are visual, some are vocal and some need to feel (through adjustments). There is a lot going on and the learning journey is one notch higher now. I believe we can all do it – with dedication, practice (lots of that) and confidence. 🙂
Don’t always look at the unachieved but to be grateful for what has been achieved and you know that you can achieve greater things ahead. I will leave you with a quote from B.K.S Iyengar, “Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.”
Till next time, Namaste.