Over the last week or so, I have read a number of articles and spoken to a number of people on some different issues being brought up with regards to Yoga, the practice, the teaching, the 'industry' and in general our understanding of what it means to a person.
In all my reading and discussions, this is where I have to say before you formulate an ideal in your mind, before you find your definitive answers, try removing those Yoga tinted glasses. Think outside the Yoga mat as such!
This is where I feel lucky to have a come through a range of learning paradigms physically and mentally, that I participate not only in a physical yoga practice daily but that I enjoy climbing, running, and in general moving.
The issues I notice being brought up online and in discussions are usually regarding best practice, safety for individuals bodies, alignment etc. What needs to be understood here though is these discussions will continue to happen and they happen across the board in the 'fitness' industry and in any teaching/coaching profession as far as I can see.
I came across this one blog post last week 'Am I the problem with Crossfit?' , the author explores the idea that instead of finding fault with Crossfit practices or coaches or specific gyms or online promotion, question yourself and your approaches, question how you move, are you listening to advice, are you moving safely and without pain?
I loved this blog, I feel it accurately describes what a lot of us need to do in everything, and that is to take responsibility. It also shows that a lot of us who question the specific activities that we are involved in can look to other activities and see that these questions are being raised in a range of different areas and between different communities.
Asking questions is a great way to learn, but can you reach an understanding of yourself without contradicting the viewpoint of someone else? Can you establish how you learn, how you navigate through the movements in your body to find progression without feeling negative about someone else's practices or methods? Can you see that how you move and learn is amazing and how they move and learn is amazing for them? Can you learn to be so open that you can share your viewpoint and also listen to others?
Then......can you then let go of all the opinions and viewpoints and have a little fun and feel how moving is about connecting not disconnecting. When we have so many thoughts swimming around we cannot just feel and be in the moment.
An opinion is just an opinion it is not who you are and as your opinions will change over time as you learn try not to get attached to too many of them.
Yoga is great but it is one avenue, not the only avenue...if you feel stuck or feel you are not learning anymore, try another movement, try strengthening activities, try mobility, go dancing, get outside for a run! With so many ways to enjoy your body and learn, all avenues can only help in bringing us closer to understanding of ourselves.
There is no right or wrong, there is only learning, so with less thought and more action, respect the avenues and each other and forget about the rules and the definitions.