Doing yoga is for everyone: it is never too late to change
Would you try to do yoga, but something holding you back? Have you ever thought it was too late to bring a change, big or small, in your life? They are common and human insecurities, often fueled by the imaginary painting yogis as young and athletic, but unfounded.
Yoga For All
“It’s never too late” was called a nice television literacy program, presented and conducted by maestro Alberto Manzi. There he was taught to read and write to tens of illiterate people, most of them adults and even the elderly. Here it is, with the book we present, to tell that yoga is for everyone, because it can be modified to be adapted to the possibilities, capabilities, needs and limitations of all, regardless of experience level and age of those who approach this discipline .
From yoga teacher, I ” moved ” to see finally a manual so many photos of positions performed with the aid of a chair, after years and years I ” sgolo ” to say that seating position (the classic one, which has now become synonymous with yoga) it is not critical because it is not “yoga is” the ‘ asanas . Finally, in support of a manual I’ve seen some beautiful pictures that without words and therefore more effectively, show that the interior attitude does not depend on base , but if anything, the really important thing is – the example of the sitting position – maintain back straight, and that you also get good sitting on a normal chair.
With the same intention to report that ” yoga is for everyone “, in this book positions are proposed in variations for different age groups (something that until now had met only in the pages of the magazine Yoga Journal ). Meta Chaya Hirschl, the author insists on the concept that
” A way to practice is not better or closer to the” real “yoga of another. In the end the perfect position is practiced with knowledge and enthusiasm [ … ] ” .
Wow ! How can I not be excited (in fact) to read these words, when in my teaching I always put everyone on guard against convince falsely that yoga does to us because we are not able to do what we see on the yoga manual pages, where often only we see beautiful models and young people who show seemingly impossible positions.
Yoga For All does not induce absolutely no this kind of thinking. The beautiful picture, ” normal ” and not acrobatic, and the descriptions do just see the opposite: namely that each and every one will practice as may, with the advice provided by qualified teachers (thanks to books like this), having so well in mind the finish line of well-done position but coming here also with their own time, their own ways, especially with the necessary aid and ahimsa (nonviolence) . Otherwise we continue to preach good and bad scratching!
A special section of Yoga For All is the Theme of Yoga Therapy. It is a topic that can become “thorny” in yogic context: there is in fact some say that no, you must not reduce yoga to a method of treatment (or not, can not be anything that cures yoga) and who It argues that – because it happens continuously in courses that reach people with various types of disorders – a good yoga teacher should know how to advise alternative positions and techniques to the classic ones, to allow everyone to attend a yoga class. Then of course there is the talk of the real therapy with yoga, it must have a different type of approach, the direct teaching, ” from mouth to mouth ” (as described in the book), between the teacher and the ‘ student.
In the book the theme of yoga therapy is well treated, and illustrated with explanatory of the extra touches photos to propose the classical positions (described elsewhere, with references) modified for different problems: for example, for those with knee problems, back pain, the foot and so ” sorrowful ” . It seems to me fairly and honestly the prologue in which the author insists on the need not to confuse the yoga teacher with other figures of therapists, reporting at length the definition that the International Association of Yoga Therapists attributed to yoga-therapy, which freely translated reads “yoga therapy is a personal empowerment process to improve health and well-being through the application of the philosophy and practice of yoga ” .
Become a yoga teacher, at any age
Yoga For All I thought was a book “Studio” for students, but for teachers. And indeed ” never too late ” for deciding to become a yoga teacher … The same author says that he dedicated to the teaching of yoga no longer young, having had work experience in diverse sectors.
Vanda Scaravelli performs the camel position at age 90
Vanda Scaravelli, at age 90, performs the camel position.
Do not miss the mention of Vanda Scaravelli , the great Italian yoga teacher, who discovered yoga at age 40 and above, the picture on page 161 shows that, at age 90, while bending backwards wonderfully. In fact, the most striking feature of the book is its transversal nature : caters to beginners as teachers, young and mature players, who any style, school or yoga variant knows and practices.
About different schools, I found it very cute even the scheme, which I had never seen before, with “readings” of yama and niyama according to the Masters of some important yogic traditions. The theme of the “rules” for yoga is to me, as you know, very much at heart, and so I really liked the idea of translating the ten indications that teachers and schools. A few weeks ago I gave a lecture in the course of four years of training for ‘yoga teachers Isyco of Turin and the topic was “Yama and Niyama in everyday life and in yoga” ; I suggested ways to apply the principles of yoga also the lesson. And now I find on these pages just a scheme with the applications of the ten yama and niyama in teaching yoga. Ah! Synchronicity! Ah! Serendipity. This is fantastic! Thank you.
Yoga and everyday life
But I would say that the feature that made me love the approach of this book since I have evaluated, in English, to give an opinion on its translation and publication in Italy, is the wonderful, effective pedagogical split into three parts :
Before the mat,
On the mat,
In the world.
Precisely this is one of my yoga teaching purposes: take it even out of the gyms and yoga centers, that is not limited to practice quell’una-two hours a week, but try to get it in our lives everyday.
Yoga For All, Meta Chaya Hirsch, Macro EdizioniHence the three parts (the first pad / pad on / worldwide) enclose the understanding of yoga as I learned how to teach it. Even books are a bit ‘like this: there are texts only on the “first”, there are texts only “on” mat, with various positions (but sometimes only those without a word on the philosophy or other) and there are books that they tell you – mentally – how to live according to yoga, but without telling you anything about the practice.
Here all three aspects come together, perhaps they should move forward at the same time , perhaps at different times. It seems to me that there is in the book, including the fact that if you are “in the real world” you will notice having to organize classes of different levels, adapting their teaching to their students (the book is also of class types and and related routines ).
Adapt practice to the student – my father and other masters
I enjoyed some anatomical references with lots of colorful patterns on “how she is hip” – also useful for teachers, since not all know this and it can happen that they are not aware of why someone is not able to make the position of the lotus (for example). In this regard, I could not help but remember the teachings of my father, who took me to the mountains since early childhood and then, larger, walking, skiing and climbing. He says always that, walking in the mountains, you have to go at the speed of what goes slower. There is an elder in the group? It puts him in front, to decide the pace of the entire group, which will adapt. And you should not do so too in yoga? My teachers – Indian and Italian – during the school I went to learn how to teach, recommending us that among the duties of a good teacher is ” to create a positive learning environment ” , u n environment not only outside, but also internal: not make anyone feel inadequate, paying attention to all levels, sull’ascoltarsi insisting on compliance with the limit (which is the ‘ only way to overcome it one day and increase learning). Adaptation, listening, respecting the limit, change the way of teaching: here they are the characteristics of a good teacher .
In this book he teaches those who will learn how to change their teaching according to the students who will be faced; and learners will know that yoga is for everyone, just listen, to respect its limits, seek help from modifications and tools to overcome the ” step ” without getting hurt.