In class, many of you have asked me about home practice. I sense much insecurity about practicing :”the right way.” Some have expressed fear of doing IT WRONG, worried that they’d hurt themselves.
Maybe some of this comes from over-emphasis on CORRECT alignment.
Correct alignment needs to come from inside the student.
ONLY YOU KNOW HOW YOU FEEL!
The BEST teacher in the world can only make an educated, experienced GUESS as to what is happening inside YOUR BODY.
The first thing we do in class is sit and listen. Listen for when to begin. Listen to an inner urging to point you towards the first asana. Listen with your inner ears tuned up to how deep and long to hold the pose. Listen to how you feel before, during, and after the pose.
This listening is a type of meditation.
Try to incorporate listening into your practice and you’ll have taken a major step in understanding yoga and if you can begin doing that in your life off the mat, you’ll have leaped into becoming YOUR SELF.
Here is a short video of master teacher, Erich Schiffmann.