A Sutra a Day: III-13 – Older and Better

Oct 17, 2012 | Community, Dharana, Wisdom, XSutras, Yoga practices, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Yoga teaching  | 0 comments

I love the students who come to the Yoga Shed for classes. I feel they are open to my teaching them according to their ages and stages of life. It helps that we look out on a beautiful pastoral view and feel spacious in our Being because of it.
- a sutra a day: iii-13 - older and better
There’s no need to compete in the way I teach. The 90 minute session is for coming into relationship with ourselves through noticing what’s going on in the body and the mind, then accepting and working with things just the way they are.
We do work, but it’s the work of paying kindly attention to alignment and breath, to where the body is in time and space, to adjusting undue tension – that sort of thing.
I think of this as a mature way of practising, a reflective and intelligent way.
Some of the students are in their 50’s and 60’s and have learned to be measured in their approach to the physicality of yoga because of injuries, level of fitness, medical conditions and structural misalignments. Being thoughtful about how the poses are performed is a good thing because it makes us fine-tune our awareness and doing just that, moment by moment.
Age has many advantages. It’s a perfect time in life to do yoga. Where some people might be losing their fitness and well-being, yogis are keeping theirs and often improving.
Etena bhuta indriyesu-dharma-laksana-avasthapa-parinamah vyakhayat
The evolution of fundamental tendencies, of relationship to time, and of situations, all of which intervene in the physical constitution and the organs of perception and action, is thus explained.*
*The Essence of Yoga – Reflections on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Bernard Bouanchaud.

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