In a little over a week we can reconnect with our yoga classes😊I hope you found the short sequence sheets useful and you were able to get on your mat at least a few times whilst I have been in Pune.I know one of the barriers to practice is the uncertainty of getting the poses correct because the Iyengar method is fastidious with alignment and precision, but in our own practice we must give ourselves permission to explore and not get caught up in the details just do what the body and mind needs.
My wee pilgrimage to the institute has immersed me in extraordinary teaching and opened many windows and shone lights on my practice . This cannot be presented verbatim but will unfold over the coming weeks and months. I would however like to share a few observations that are clearly representative of the classes here and how they are taught in Pune..
- The pace and instruction changes through the levels. Faster paced less instruction for the beginners building as the student progress to general and intermediate classes.-
- Focus on inversions, from beginners to intermediate these are taken with varying degrees of timing and instruction.
- Students learn to get their own props and use them according to their needs. This encourages an exploration and understanding of what the individual body needs and so enhancing the experience of their yoga practice. Props are rarely used in beginners classes.
- Not a lot of regular demonstration from the teacher, used instead to highlight particular problems and specific instructions. Students know the pose name and shape.
- -Barely a few minutes in savasana (unless we’ve earned it!)
- The classes are punctual! Start and finish on time.-
- Get up. Pack up. Leave!
- We will implement something of this on my return!
- It will be a joy to be back teaching in the forest. I will want to spend time with each of you sharing relevant moments of my trip but I feel that for the smooth running of classes we should keep this to a minimum. I have posted a few snapshots of life around the institute (photography is forbidden in the institute itself) on FB and Instagram and shared a few ramblings there too. I shall update the website over the next couple of days. Through these platforms I hope you have been able to catch something of my time away. Everywhere I look people are smiling or laughing with affectionate camaraderie despite seeming chaos, poverty and suffering. They are a beautiful nation of people ruled by integrity and respect that comes from their deeply spiritual nature. I feel that here in India I am in the centre of the world! It is good to plug into it.
- Om Shanti Om.
- In peace
Love Kishe x