Time is passing by quickly as we are already in our fifth week of in-depth. During the past couple of weeks, I was lucky enough to attend two yoga classes at Yoga Generation. Both classes included a yoga style that was completely new to me. Three weeks ago, I took a Hatha yoga class after my first meeting with my mentor. Two weeks ago, I took a Vinyasa yoga class just for a different experience. Last week, I took an Aerial yoga class with Sarah Johnson, which was a slightly uncomfortable but enjoyable class. Aerial yoga is extremely difficult, much to my surprise. I thought it would be quite easy for me, but instead, I struggled greatly. I realized how afraid I was to take risks. During the Vinyasa yoga class, I was able to experience yoga that is a faster pace compared to Hatha yoga. The two types of yoga are quite different in difficulty, however, a similarity I found was that both types involve the downward dog position. It seems like this pose is commonly executed in yoga. Vinyasa yoga required a bit more flexibility, although I was quite surprised how simple it was for me to stretch out my muscles. Sometime during the next couple of weeks, I will post some photos on my blog to show my improvement. I am hoping to try Yin yoga next!
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Edward De Bono talks about making and finding connections that link matters together and generates interest. After experiencing both Hatha and Vinyasa yoga, I was able to find some differences and similarities between to two. During the following meeting with my mentor, I asked a “what if” question about the relation between the yoga styles.
Me: I realized in both Hatha and Vinyasa yoga, the downward dog movement was repeated constantly. There are also a few other poses that are executed in both types of yoga.
Is it possible that the downward dog pose has a certain purpose for the body?
Mentor: Actually, I am not too sure about that. I’m sure you can find some information online. Although I do know that a lot of poses are in Hatha and Vinyasa yoga because they don’t differ much in poses, but in movement pace.
So basically, Vinyasa is similar to Hatha, just quicker between movements.
Me: Oh, I see. […] I will definitely search it up.
How to respond:
One of the points that is discussed in the book is asking for clarification whenever you are unclear or in doubt about something the mentor tells you. Often, there is a piece of our conversation (between my mentor and me) that I did not record because I didn’t feel like it was necessary. However, I am always proven wrong when I later realize that I need a certain piece of information that my mentor mentioned, but I failed to record. As a result, I emailed my mentor to ask about my doubt.
Me (through email): […] During our last meeting, you talked a bit about Hatha yoga, Vinyasa yoga, and Yin yoga. I believe you also mentioned some other terminology regarding the poses. Would you mind please emailing me the details? Thank you very much.
Mentor (through email): Thanks for reaching out. The term I referenced was “Yoga Chitta Vritti Nirodaha”, which is the essence of Yoga in all of its varied forms. You can read a bit more about that, and the text from which it is from here: https://www.yogapedia.com/2/8458/meditation/silence/yogas-chitta-vritti-nirodha.
Thank you for reading my blog post! Photos of my improvement executing yoga poses will be posted shortly. Namaste.