Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Sensation Teacher




The teaching in a Yoga Class comes from many places. Instructions from the teacher is an obvious place that the teaching comes from. Also your experience plays a part. What have you learned about the pose up to now? Does that learning apply to this moment of practice? Abstract teaching comes from the sensory feedback your body is giving you about your body in this posture. What can the raw information, in the form of sensation, (that your body gives you) teach?


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1 comment:

Linda-Sama said...

"What can the raw information, in the form of sensation, (that your body gives you) teach?"

I think it teaches -- if one is open to it -- something beyond the physical asana. My physical practice is informed by my vipassana practice which is about observing things as they arise and pass away, thereby teaching ultimately about the nature of reality which is impermanence.

It teaches about sitting with discomfort instead of running from it -- because if you can not just be with discomfort on your mat, to name it, give it a shape, texture, color, etc., how can one ultimately sit with the discomfort of, for example, being with someone who is dying.