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.
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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.
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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.