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begining level to immediate level in yoga

Makena2010-07-05 08:23:05 +0000 #1
How do I know if I am ready for immediate level in yoga?
InnerAthlete2010-07-05 08:31:46 +0000 #2

Seems everyone has a different definition of beginning, intermediate, and advanced students. I can only give you mine.

When you, as a beginning student are able to move teh breath without prompting from the teacher, when you begin to develop alignment in the basic poses and are understanding the actions in those and developing alignment in poses beyond those, when you are able to focus your attention AND follow directions, then you may consider moving up to an intermediate class.

Honestly though, there's no reason to go to intermediate classes for quite some time in the beginning of your practice. A year is a good foundation in level one classes. Some do more.
Makena2010-07-05 09:10:23 +0000 #3
well I have to tell you I am doing home yoga with programs like nasmaste yoga, rodney yee, paticia w. wai lana dvd, just what I have. So are you saying that when I do one of these sets that if I know exactly how to do each pose just by listening and maybe have memoried then I am ready for immediate level? oh does a yoga block work for sitting upon while mediating? I think you are correct about staying in starter level based on any subject in hthe world takes alot of years to master whatever subject you are in. Hey I thank you for taking the time and understand of my writing and gaving me help.
InnerAthlete2010-07-05 09:42:05 +0000 #4
Uh no my dear. That is not what I am saying.

You could not possibly know if you are a) doing the pose with proper alignment or b) listening. Those two things require a dyadic communication, feedback, a give and take between student and teacher. That you do not get from a DVD.

I think the next step for a student that has begun a home practice in the way you have is to go to a basics class. Intro, Open, or Level I would be appropriate. Then you will have a barometer, a measure of where your practice is.

Otherwise it's just guessing and conjecture.

Those DVD's, which I must tell you I'm not a huge fan of but do understand their role in the process, are not always well done, even when the intructor is famous AND the student "feels good" after the session.

Now to the meditation question. Why are you wanting to sit on a yoga block to meditate?


Originally Posted by Makena

...are you saying that when I do one of these sets (DVDS) that if I know exactly how to do each pose just by listening and maybe have memorized then I am ready for intermediate level?



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