As academics, we have to be sure that our college students are working laborious, however with out power. We usually assume that working laborious is difficult work. Not so! Power is the other of true depth. We pressure when we’re not absolutely current within the physique, not listening, unaware, not alert – we’re simply working blind. Depth is a powerfully targeted motion, the place the thoughts, coronary heart and physique are united in effort and directed by a vigilant consciousness, guaranteeing progress with out pressure, development with out violence.
So when a pupil is making an attempt to open their hamstrings, take the chance to show them a extra in-depth lesson. Remind him that his hamstrings are resisting as a result of they do not know the opening. After we forcefully open them, how is it completely different from forcefully imposing our beliefs on others who’ve opposing beliefs? Solely feeling can develop sensitivity and acceptance of an opposing perspective.
If you see a pupil pushing as laborious as attainable, instantly ask questions that pressure them to tune in and really feel their physique. Ask “How are you feeling proper now? Can you are feeling the burden in your ft? How a lot is the burden in your fingers?” Even one thing so simple as feeling a bodily motion retains him away from forcing. Additionally, at all times remind your college students to watch their respiratory as they do the poses and to maintain it gentle and deep, as this helps scale back power and, as a non secular bonus, invitations the soul into the physique.
When exhibiting a pose to your college students, illustrate the distinction between a pose carried out with pressure and a pose carried out with emotion. Clench your enamel, clench your jaw, wrinkle your brow, tighten your lips, and hug your physique with darkish willpower, finishing the pose by puffing your chest out with faux delight. Then take a deep breath, soften your physique, and display the pose from the serene stillness and power of inside consciousness. In the event you exaggerate the extremes on this approach, the following laughter will launch the stress and scale back the gloomy temper of intensely targeted apply. Such a comedic demonstration additionally provides college students an oblique approach of laughing at their very own egocentric pretension and egocentric aspirations. The clown has a lofty objective – to assist others see the divinity they deny.
Aadil Palkhivala © 2008