Chi’s Yoga is military! At least, that is what I was told.
I did struggle with this verdict for a while. But today, I clearly understand that my client meant to commend my efforts when speaking about Chi’s Yoga.
What I associate with militarism is dominance, discipline and force. Principles that clearly constitute one’s yoga practice: We need to be disciplined in our practice, we need to understand the preponderance of soft tissues and joints in our bodies, and we need to apply induced force – hatha. Hatha Yoga means a ‘forced yoga’.
An asana or yoga pose is complex and enables a holistic experience. Each pose when properly executed becomes a whole-body-practice.
Yoga has become a fad. On Instagram the most challenging poses presented by beautiful lean predominantly white female bodies flood @chisyoga on a daily basis. These ladies are beautiful to look at, elegant and they are always smiling. They practice advanced variations of twists, back-bends, head- and handstands, seemingly effortless.
Adding a headstand or a handstand to your workout has become the ‘in-thing’ to do. Many of my younger clients quickly want to learn these poses. But there is no short-cut. Patience here is key. And why the rush?
Does the inability to do a headstand make one ‘bad’ at yoga? Clearly not!
One pose prepares the next. And when your body physically is ready for the next step (and this, unfortunately, can take years, sometimes a lifetime), you won’t experience a headstand as a challenge. Rather, you will feel weightless.
Beginners might wonder what could be relaxing about an inversion posture standing head up. And, it’s true. This pose, often referred to as the ‘queen of all yoga poses’, is quite challenging. It actually took me a while to get it. You need a whole lot of strength in arms, abs, pecs, and back in order to stand on your head. But at the same time you need to let go and simply have faith. If you push too hard you will fall over, and if you are too relaxed you won’t even be able to get started with the pose. But once you got it, once you are there, once you are standing on your head and have achieved a balance between force and faith, you simply enjoy bliss. Here are 10 reasons to do a headstand every day.
A headstand is not about throwing your legs up and somewhere, somehow, sometimes finding your balance. Potentially, you can snap your neck or jack up your spine. The point of the asana (on a physical level) is not to do it right, but to find a harmonious relationship between all the parts of the body that will let the experience of the asana resonate throughout your body. It is about the balance between patience and force.
Do you feel there is more to your yoga practice?
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