Q: Hey there! Loving getting back into yoga. I am moving slowly for now, but I have already seen an improvement since Monday. Mostly it is getting over my FEAR- especially of twisting! I am out of shape and trying to start with 3 As and 3 Bs to build up my strength before class. It has also been a blow to my ego of course because I berate myself constantly when I can't do a pose that I could easily do before. Your words of wisdom help during class. Several times they have been very timely!
Anyway, I was wondering if you have any classes on here that are more like the ones you used to teach on Saturday mornings...where you have us build up to a pose? I don't mind the sequences at all- especially right now- but I do like to change things up a bit! Or are those type of classes more on the teen channel? Just curious!
For now, I am appreciating moving and breathing again! I have a long way to go....my goal it to be able to connect my breath to movements in the Bs...I still huff and puff a little in those!
I will see you online!
A: I"m so glad you're able to move again after back surgery! The FEAR you have for twisting is definitely understandable. There are two types of FEAR in my opinion: healthy and unhealthy fear. If the fear is keeping you from doing what you ought to do, then it is unhealthy. If the fear is keeping you safe or motivating you to get better, it's healthy. Fear of hurting yourself further is good, but if that fear kept you from healing yourself, it's bad. The fear of what could happen if you do not change what you're doing is probably a good fear, because it motivates you to do what is needed to be strong and healthy. So this FEAR is an interesting thing, isn't it?
To answer your question about the old Saturday morning classes: YES.. I'm sure there are those types of classes in the library of over 300 classes. I just don't know which ones they are. If you find some, bookmark them. One of these days, I will go through all the classes and tag them with key words so we can sort and search them all. I will have general sequencing vs specialized sequencing. You can also look for key words in titles now.. such as BACKBEND, ARM BALANCE, INVERSION, etc..
Thanks and stay tuned!
Srivatsa Ramaswami, one-on-one student of T Krishnamacharya for 33 years. He is the teacher whom I have learned the most about yoga. He's taught me Krishnamacharya's Vinyasa Krama (asana, vinyasa, pranayama), direct translation of ancient texts, e.g. Yoga Sutra, Bhagavad Gita, Samkhya Karika, just to name a few. I have learned a tremendous amount of Sanskrit through this master's blessings.