Last week I had the pleasure of attending Module 6 of Ganesh Mohan's (son of Indra and A. G. Mohan) Yoga Therapy course.
As trainees were required to participate in numerous classes throughout the week so we could experience the different approaches which could be used for specific conditions. The classes emphasized creating intrinsic goals and intentions as well as creating and maintaining the clients connection with their body.
The sequences were calm and gentle, and the ideas presented were familiar. In fact, so familiar I thought I had been implementing them in my personal practice, However, after completing a few classes and experiencing the benefits of a correctly guided yoga class, I realized that I have been heavily influence by my environment and the modern yoga scene. During the practices I found that my mind was overall quite agitated, even though I had been maintaining a regular "practice," I realized that the depth of my practice had become very superficial. My practice had morphed into a routine whereby I would rush through the important steps so I could make more time to challenge myself physically to preform new asanas. Rather than taking to time to fully connect with my breath, movement and consciously clear my mind I had become focused of my physical success.
This realization was a great wake up call and I have to thank Ganesh for reinstating my understanding of yoga and reminding me that balance between asana and the other 7 limbs needs to be maintained in order to receive the benefits of yoga.
The course further developed my understanding of yogic principles and I look forward to attending again in August!