Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Saturday, September 8, 2012, my 200 hour yoga teacher training started. I'm in the weekend part-time class, and luckily this class is small - 7 people on/around similar age group, so that is very comforting.
The class starts with actual yoga practice. The yoga practice is open for general public by small donation, so there were mixture of full-time and part-time students and non-student. This Saturday, the yoga class was taught by the master teacher (Shakti Mhi).
New concept (for me anyway) I learned about yoga is "gentleness" of each posture. Shakti says "In yoga, no posture should be painful. No pain no gain is the concept in the mind of western society."
I love the idea!
I tend to push myself really hard, and even other yoga instructors say "this is your own practice, never mind neighbours, listen to your body and don't push too hard, etc" I push myself anyway, because I'm talking to myself "I should be able to", and end up hurting my hip joint and hamstrings so many times.
"In yoga, no posture should be painful."
What she said has many layered meanings, and I felt like I, for the first time, practised actual yoga, of which I have been practising only the physical part.
I am so glad I chose this school.