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Theory

 

During theory, we covered the Eight Limbs of Yoga. It was quite an eye-opener to get to know the different limbs, the moral conducts (Yama) of yoga, and it makes you want to learn more about it. Many people probably only think of Yoga in maybe two of the limbs: Pranayama (more towards Meditation) and Asana (chasing after poses). Though I did not seek the spiritual aspect of Yoga, it is interesting to find out more and who knows, I might be more into it at the end of YTT!

Another interesting part that we went through during the theory session was yoga nidra. Though I was one of the few that went into the zone between yoga nidra and falling asleep, it is an awesome controlled meditation experience. Understanding that when we are asleep, our body is actually not in rest mode, was one of the main takeaways from this session. I will want to venture more into this aspect in future.

The last part that I want to share about the theory component is this huge chunk on understanding our muscles and joint movements and how we can look at getting into our asanas in an anatomical manner, helped me to advance further into my asanas and unlocking new asanas! For example, understanding the internal rotation of the top leg in Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana, helped me in being able to engage the top leg and the hip flexors, and eventually manage to straighten the leg!

Nate
200 Hour YTT Feb-May’21

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