Here are some tips and reminders from our posture clinic on Sunday!
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Hatha Yoga is the physical practice of yoga. There is total emphasis on the body and breath. Hatha yoga is about perfection of the human body, meaning purifying and opening all energetic pathways in all body systems (e.g. circulatory, respiratory, sensory, nervous, digestive, lymphatic, musculoskeletal, etc). The purpose of yoga postures is to make the body healthy and fit to sit for an extended period of time without discomfort or distraction. It takes a certain level of fitness and well-being to do it and most people in the modern world have tight hips as a result of sitting or squatting no lower than the height of a chair or toilet their entire lives. Due to a sedentary lifestyle, the core becomes weak and the back fatigues after prolonged sitting.
Most of the yoga classes at Yoga South Side will have sitting on the floor for up to 5 or 10 minutes at a time. The first thing someone new to yoga with us should know is how to sit comfortably on the floor. The tighter the hips, the higher the knees rise when sitting on the floor. With practice, the hips will open or release their tension over time, and to help with the process, the practitioner needs learn to modify to make sitting bearable. Below is a video tutorial on how to sit.
The goal for everyone is to get your hips above your knees when sitting. This will give you the most comfortable seat. You measure the distance from the knees to the floor and use whatever props are available to elevate the hips to knee level and then allow the hips to relax and open up. If your knees remain above the hips, there will be tension in the hip flexors and it will take 10 times as long to open the hips. Using props does not mean you are any less of a person or yoga practitioner. The ego wants to tell you that you're not good if you can't sit on the floor. Don't believe everything your mind tells you. Use props. They work and with a little humility, you will progress much faster in yoga!
The first demo is for someone with super tight hips. The following demonstrations are for people with progressively more open hip joints. Take responsibility for your practice and use the option that is most appropriate for that day. Every day is different and every side is different. The more you show up, the faster the results! Learn to adapt and modify your practice so your body cooperates with you vs. having to fight with your body. Fighting leads to injury, so listen to your body. It will tell you what you need to know if you just quiet your mind and pay attention.
And always remember, the joy is in the journey and not the destination. Enjoy the process!
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