As we are nearing two months into in-depth, I am becoming more and more inquisitive about yoga. Last week, I had another meeting with my mentor, and we discussed my previous yoga classes. During the beginning of our meeting, I was the main speaker. I told my mentor about my experiences with Hatha, Vinyasa, and Aerial yoga. After explaining the observations I made of my own strengths and weaknesses, I allowed my mentor to give me advice. While she talked, I thought about How To Have A Beautiful Mind, and how Edward De Bono talks about being a good listener.
As she talked about her recommendations to help me improve, I took detailed notes and nodded to show that I understood. Since I read the chapters of the book that talk about good listening prior to the meeting, I knew about listening attentively and not interrupting the speaker. When my mentor finished giving me advice, I paraphrased some of the information she explained to me and asked questions regarding her advice. I also recorded our conversation so I could use the exact wording she used in my transcription. Here are some of the pieces of advice she gave me and how they relate to How To Have A Beautiful Mind.
How To Have A Beautiful Mind:
How to be a good listener:
“I took my first Aerial yoga class last week, and it was a little stressful because I’m afraid of being upside down or getting injured. Do you have any recommendations for me on how to overcome those problems?”
Mentor: Yeah, lots of people are worried about getting injured. My advice is to try another class because usually, it gets easier the second time. […] There’s less anxiety.
“Is there anything you advise me to do to help improve my yoga poses on my own time?”
Mentor: Just do more yoga. I mean, there are tons of great videos online, Gaia TV is a really good one, where you can find classes you can practice with online if you’re at home. Or you can just do little sequences. […] But really, just come in for a class, like, three times a week and you’ll start to see some improvements. Usually, when you do a yoga class you will feel the effects for an hour or two or maybe the rest of the day, but then it fades. […] It just has to be a regular practice.
Throughout this Q&A session, I took notes that I believed were important to my overall inquiry. Making sure that I showed interest and curiosity, I also smiled and nodded while she spoke. After her advice, I would always ask a few more questions to probe deeper and gain more knowledge/advice.
How to ask questions:
“I noticed in Vinyasa yoga and Hatha yoga a lot of the same poses are repeated throughout the class, so I was wondering if there are any specific poses that are commonly executed?”
Mentor: Definitely, sun salutation is one of them, which is a series of poses that are practiced with the breath. Those are done in almost every class. Also the warriors: warrior one, two, and three are done in almost every class. And then, of course, savasana.
“Right, I remember that term. Could you please remind me what savasana was again?”
Mentor: Savasana is the corpses pose. It’s the pose that you do at the very end of every class. Some people call it the ‘yoga nap’. It’s not actually a nap though, it’s a meditation, but it kind of has the same effect.
During our meeting, we touched on the topic of poses that are commonly done in almost every class. When my mentor brought up the names of a few poses, I questioned which one of them was. I remember hearing the name before, but I didn’t recall which exact movement it was. The importance of asking questions is for clarification because I don’t want to be unsure of the information I am taking note of.
Thanks for reading! Namaste.