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Virasana today

Today while doing Virasana, I struggled to put back my Ego, Mind and Shoulders (in this order)

Sirsasana on a boat

Sirsasana on a boat Peleg

Doing asanas, is based on making our body our learning environment. 

As we need to transfer what we have learnt from a learning environment, to a true environment, so in Yoga, with one difference: you have the chance of making the body a true environment by itself.

This is one of my conclusions from the reading of “The tree of Yoga” by Mr. B.K.S. Iyenger, translated to Hebrew by Eyal Shifroni. Simple, clear and enlightening.

 

Tree of Yoga

Tree of Yoga

While practicing savasana, trying to become one with my essence, it was clear to me that instructions from the teacher helps to keep ones mind quiet. Practicing alone is the hardest.

How important it is to practice alone, and to give yourself your own instructions.

Today my son and I discussed his homework. He told me that it is very boring. I agreed that it was like that for me too most of the times, until later years in my work life. He replied – Of course, that’s becuase you learn what you choose to learn. The ability to really choose what you learn, is mostly reserved today for adults. 

Scaffolding

When the first activity our learner needs to accomplish or practice is too complicated, we try to make it simpler. Two ways to do it – break an activity into its sub tasks and practice each one individually – thus loosing integration; or – scaffolding – giving the learner guidelines or specific help that enables to complete a simple task. The cons for scaffolding is the risk of getting addicted to it.

Parivrita trikonnasana. What will be better – to put your hand in front of your front leg while parivriting, or use a brick and put it behind the front leg, as it should be in the classic assana?

Using brick is scaffolding. It enables me to do a basic parivrita trico, in the “integrative” way. Same idea, by using a bolster in supta virsaana and so on.

Some time ago, my teacher asked me why am I using two bolsters in supta virasana. I found out I can use only one.

Remember the addiction potential of scaffolds.

Integration

Utthita Trikonasana a simple pose.

Sometimes my teacher asks me if the session was too hard or too easy. I reply as always – “It is never too easy.” You can think alignment, you can think breathing, you can think pranayama, pratyahara and if it is not enough try to put your ego aside for a milisecond before the chita vritis again.

Instructional designer works hard to identify an exercise or a situation, that will enable a learner to practice her core skills and reveal attitudes.

Utthita Trikonasan is doing it for years. 

Atha yoga anusasanam

Let us transfer yoga.

Transfer is an important principles of planned learning. You ask yourself how to create learning situations that by difinition will always be different than a true situation the learner will encounter. Sometimes you choose to copy a chosen reality instance as much as you can – with all complicating and surprising elements, like an exercise for troops with laser. In another case, you strive for transfer through analogies to real life – like building a rhapsody by a group of people that usually work together in offices – wishing behaviours that will not raise in a true life like simulation, will be revealed in this one. In both cases you wish for transfer.

The noblest of sages Patatnjali, who gave Yoga for serenity and sanctity of mind, starts his sutras with a claim for transfer. Indeed when doing Asanas, Pranayama, or Chanting Omm, there are some steps left to pace until one reaches the decrease of the mind’s waves- Chita vriti nirodaah.

Let us wish for transfer.