It's 6:30 am Tuesday morning.
I wander sleepily down to my yoga mat and prep the TV for my practice.
Whoops! Technological malfunction (surprise, surprise) and the DVD I want is playing but there is no image on the screen.
Well, no point in walking all the way back to bed, I must just follow along with the teacher's words.
And by the end of the hour practice, I didn't miss a beat or pose for that matter.
This week's practice was a clear indication that yoga teachers' words are quite honestly their best asset. The flawless description of each pose enabled me to follow along without a visual cue. I was forced to LISTEN to each sentence and follow what she described.
I am the first to admit that during my early morning practice I frequently keep the lights off and my eyes closed. So most visual cues are limited by my behavior. Yet, I had no choice this week. My practice was dependent on how well each pose was described and how well I listened.
Now, Shiva Rae, is one experienced teacher. How can I emulate her use of words once I am a yoga teacher?
Slow, controlled voice. Precise descriptions with just enough detail. Pleasant tone with appropriately matched intonation. This is how Shiva Rae does it and it is what carried me through practice.
The technological hiccup was the perfect learning situation this week.
Listening to the words of yoga,
Aspiring Yoga Teacher
I've practiced yoga since I was a pre-teen and have always found it to keep me centered. I will be a teacher one day and this is my journey to discover teaching and practice.