Yoga Teaching and Progression
Unconditional support should be planned for classroom practice and self-practice in Yoga Education. A teacher should make sure about the gradual progression of a student from beginner level to advance level. This happens only if education is about temporary assistance and long-term goals. The yoga education should be about the manual effort but not the usage of different mechanical aids.
1. Mat – Mattress:
As per the scriptures, solid plain 7 feet ground is enough for yoga practice. The mat serves the slight padding and fits the size of the body. Mat reminds the comfortable space for yoga practice. Mattress identification itself is rest and sleep. An imaginary line always encourages the required effort from the body. On the other hand, the mattress may distract the mind towards luxury time. Mat encourages the withdrawal reflex. This will not be served by the mattress. Mattress changes the body position in rest and in final poses. The mattress will not help in
balancing and stabilizing the poses, “Sthiram Sukham Asanam”
2. Mat – Bolster:
As per the scriptures, the floor should be padded enough to protect the bones. Mat allows the proper transfer of gravity through the bones and joints in rest and practices. Bolsters displace the bones for temporary pleasure. But gradually bones displacement and joints poor posture compromises the internal organ function. Especially the Mooladhara chakra or root center can be easily misled with bolsters. The actual purpose of the meditative pose will not be served by bolsters. The mat serves better in placing the root center properly on the ground and allows Prana to evoke equally through all chakras.
3. Limbs – Ropes:
Locomotion and daily works need the perpendicular system that is upper and lower limbs. This will assist in the proper flow of Prana throughout the physical body. If not the body parts, any non-living device can mislead the Prana flow. This often happens with straps or ropes or slings or aerial yoga clothes etc., The safety mechanism is very poor with ropes than the own limbs. The proprioception from all joints can be perceived better with own body parts. Mudras, energy amplification practices need body perception, not non-living devices.
4. Wall – wooden Blocks:
Wall serves the strongest support in the classroom than a teacher. But the same purpose fails with blocks which are actually for individual joint size materials. Blocks may be of different sizes and number cannot meet the strength of the wall. Lean on the wall and slowly move away and forth is also the practice with proprioception. It improves the practice with confidence than the fear of fall. Example: limb length discrepancy.
5. Water – smoothies
The basic energy creator and converter in each cell is the cytoplasm. Provide enough water 30 min before the yoga practices. Based on the intensity of practice only sipping is allowed but not the drinking of water. Water with 2 H+ ions and one Oxygen molecule, has the capacity of reaching all working parts and allows the metabolic reactions and metabolism.But the smoothies of different benefits engages the digestive system during practices. This may mislead the force of circulation (Vyana), temperature balance and water balancing function of Hypothalamus. Slowly the autonomic function fails and will not be under the control of hypothalamus. This eventually misleads the voluntary functions in the future. Eg;
muscle twitch and cramps.