Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Day 44: One Student, Many Teachers

If only I could personally thank all of the teachers on YouTube...

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Mysore Practice
6:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Decent practice today. Still working up to Navasana then skipping to the finishing poses. I'm thinking of working out a "setlist" for the rest of the week that will include some of the poses further in the series that are currently within reach. I can then go back and fill in the blanks, so to speak, as I advance in my practice.

Most significantly, I was working on Sirsasana, or Headstand — particularly working on getting all the way up without the teacher there to help me balance. I was trying it against the wall, and it became apparent that I need some guidance on how to better approach the state of the asana, and that I may not be ready for the full expression of the pose.

Later — after I tiptoed home with bruised heels from repeatedly banging into the wall — I found a great step-by-step video by Kino MacGregor that cleared up a lot of the grey areas I had. It also showed me a way to progress into the final pose that removes the need for "jumping up" to the inversion, and that I think in the long run will build more strength and control. Thanks Kino!

It's such a gift to have all of these amazing videos by very experienced teachers available on YouTube. It allows us, as students and practicioners, to have access to an incredibly wide range of approaches to teaching the postures. Our own teachers may not have the same amount of experience as someone like Kino, or they may not know that secret key that you need to unlock the posture. Sometimes students need a specific trick, tip or technique to enable that click of the asana opening to them, and it's unreasonable to think that one teacher can know what's best for everyone they teach.



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