Sleeping in Savasana

My yoga journey

Long Term Practice without Injury

on January 11, 2016

Yesterday was a super yoga day, I went to a workshop lead by Chris, who used to teach Mysore classes that I attended. It was about how to practice long term without injury. The description of the workshop wasn’t that clear as to what would be covered but it was,

SA TU DIRGHA KALA NAIRANTARYA SATKARASEVITO DRDHABHUMIH.

Patanjali Yoga sutras 1.14 When that practice is done for a long time, without a break, and with sincere devotion, then the practice becomes a firmly rooted, stable and solid foundation.

Ashtanga vinyasa yoga is a lifetimes practice. In this workshop we’ll look at how to set context for daily practice, how to blossom ones practice using tristana (vinyasa, bandha and dristi) and how to use economy of movement and form to maintain a nurturing balance amidst the intensity of sincere asana practice.
Yoga is what you don’t see.

It turned out to be quite interesting but a bit different. It was a mainly a chat about how to improve the bandha’s and how to ensure that you don’t get injured to start with. I was expecting more about how to recover from injury and to get back into practice.

There were a few movement exercises which were useful and I certainly will be thinking more about my alignment and how to avoid injury.

This morning I got sent a really interesting link by Chris (the workshop leader) to an article about The Happiness of Industrial Yoga. It’s really interesting and in a way feeds into part of the discussion about how you should still attend practice even if injured and the only thing that you do is sit on your mat and then do savasana.

After the workshop I was a bit tired and I was considering missing class later on but I wanted to get on my mat and practice things properly. Plus I’m now going to miss tonight’s class so I’m glad that I went.

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