I’ve been lazy on this blog (yes, yes, I feel bad about it and realize that I have to do something with my schedule and priorities), but not so lazy on my practice! And last week, I had a great day attending Master Yogananth’s workshops. I’ve been really looking forward to them and was not disappointed! Yogananth himself is so nice, friendly and easygoing that it’s truly pleasure being in the same room with him!
He’s fun (saying he’s still working on a Sanskrit name for the ‘Helicopter pose’ and being easy on other things, such as adaptation and westernization of yoga, how the practice changes and becomes part of popular culture and how we can adapt it in any way as long as we enjoy it and benefit from it). Both workshops were great, especially the Twisting (or at least i personally feel more benefits from it. Backbending was very useful, too). I’ll be sure to post more details and some notes from both of them, promise!
What I really liked, was Yogananth telling about himself practicing and the way he sees yoga. Something that I’ve been struggling to put into words myself that you have to find your own yoga… Did you know that there was no modern day concept of alignment in India? For traditional yogis, alignment means awareness of their body and knowing its limits. Which leads to safe practice, we could say. When you are on good terms with your body, when you feel its limitations and can work with them, you are safe. When you can’t and don’t really bother trying to find them, you become a story for all those ‘how yoga can wreck your body’ horror stories.
So, what should guide us through practice should be our body and its abilities. There are anatomic features that make OUR body the way it is… so your pose may never be the same than your instructor’s. and yours will be right for YOU. Yogananth says that there is no one ‘correct’ pose for everybody. We have different body structure, so what is correct for you will not be the same ‘correct’ for a person on the next yoga mat. And this is a beauty of yoga: as long as you feel good (which does not cancel some theoretical homework and basic rules and anatomical knowledge for safe practice), as long as you have fun and enjoy it, this is correct. Just as simple as that! Namaste!