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Been absorbing the second part of Iyengar teacher track training from two weeks ago.  One of the things I came away with is the need to commit to something.   (Among many things) That trait in teaching will reflect in your life.  It is practice.  NOT that the teacher said that, but when critiquing people, she called them on vague rambling and verbiage and just tell them to do something specific.  Commit.  Tell them to commit.


She was talking at one point about parvritta parsvakonasana and said keep the back heel down.  Over and over.  Most often we are taught to modify there first.  Lift the heel, then get the arm outside.  Someone gave us permission once to lift the foot.  Why do that.  The foot is down in that pose.  It became a habit.  So later, we don’t want to press it down.  We had permission, after all.  Profound.  Think of all the times we heeded a suggestion and never let go.  And didn’t know why.  Didn’t even ASK.  Teaching and practicing is about letting go, being a beginner all the time, and not be afraid to give up whatever dogma you are bringing into it.  There is a reason to commit to that heel, even if you aren’t in the full range of the asana.  Why keep watering it down just to make it more PALATABLE or REWARDING.  There is SO much of that.  Derivative stuff out there.  So also since this session I am seriously considering going down the full track of training, which takes forever.  I am just letting go of having the cert and just committing.  Keep the heel down.


One of the things holding me back is how to practice when I am not in class.  So going from VINYASA to IYENGAR as primary practice has taken a while because the sequencing is so different from what I am used to which is Primary Series or whatever I make up to teach myself. I feel as a vinyasa teacher it is necessary to practice vinyasa, especially PS, because there is so much to learn in that study. So not totally giving that up.  Luckily if you don’t have a teacher, you just practice anyway.  The lack of a local teacher is what drove me to the Iyengar Studio and Maty Ezraty’s teacher intensive, which was pretty much an Iyengar intensive and was such a PIVOTAL experience, I thought, well I can learn this at home. With real Iyengar teachers.
That was almost two years ago and I am just……wrapping my head around it.  Teacher at training said, write down the sequences of the classes you take. I had been doing that a while already.  So I kept studying and then it started to come together. And then practice.  With a whole new set of ideas and language that comes slow, along with the long inversions, the meaning of concave back, and working through the basics of tadasana, dandasana, etc again. Vira b, was doing it wrong.  Bringing the principals into vinyasa, is like bringing in the theory Jois said to not worry about.  Even though they kept asking and asking.   Ashtanga and Iyengar.  Same practice.  Iyengar called it the yoga of motion and the yoga of action.  But same practice.  Same guru.


If I could have found this 30 or 35 years ago. Wow.  The teachers who have taught in that lineage that long have a wealth of knowledge. Again, I am scratching the surface.  Breaking it down AGAIN.  Better than never at any rate.  I am really doing the track not to teach but for my practice.  So basically selfish reasons.

It has give so much. Taught me poise.  Healing my knees.  How to work my BACK. SO much in the shoulders.


Props can make it so hard.  You can cheat your body, not a wall.  Go to a wall



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