下課後老師們聚在一起交流 Teachers got together and were exchanging ideas.
It was the first time I met teacher Raj and Hamsalaya yoga. In addition to the one-hour yoga practice, the conversation before and after the class also gave insights. The special class was hosted by Y X.Yoga.印象瑜伽 in Shengang, Taichung.
Before class, teacher Raj started with a simple conversation which let everyone be more relax. He repeatedly emphasized that yoga is to feel the process, instead of blind pursuit of achievement, yoga should be very happy and joyful. He often sees students, in the process of yoga learning, from the very beginning, they were very open and happy. When they are more advanced, there was only a frown on their faces. He hoped; everyone can continue to maintain the attitude of an opening mind and enjoying the process of yoga. If anyone fails to do a pose, just take it with a smile.
We started from Om in today’s practice, the yoga process is a flow. It warmed up by a Child’s Pose(Balasana) and a Cat Pose(Marjariasana), the main flow is Plank(Phalakasana) – Chaturange – Upward-Facing Dog Pose – Downward-Facing Dog – Standing Straddle Forward Bend (Uttanasana) – Straight spin and breath -Standing Straddle Forward Bend – breath and Mountain Pose (Tadasana) with the hand praying in front of heart (Anjali Mudra) – Forward Bend. There were several combinations in between of the flow, including the Chair Pose(Utkatasana), chair pose torsion side, Warrior Pose(Virabhadrasana) + Revolved Side Angle Pose( Parivrtta Parsvakonasana)+Intense Side Stretch Pose(Parsvottanasana), Forward bending Pose(Paschimottanasana)+Akarna Dhanurasana+Boat Pose(Naukasana), shoulder stratch+Upward Bow Pose(Wheel Pose, Urdhva Dhanurasana), and so on. The intensive cycle was closed by the Lotus Pose(Padmasana).
After two cycles, the whole body has warmed up. With a stronger flow, I was sweating all over, and we repeated multi-cycle flows for an hour. After a few yoga cycles, the muscles, joints, and bones were opened up. However, the tiredness accumulated on the muscles was slowly increasing. We had a total rest by Corpse Pose(Savasana) to close the practice.
After class; Q&A between the students and the teachers, there are three points that can be shared with you. First, the most important thing about yoga practice is awareness. One classmate asked that she practiced for a long time and felt that there was not much progress. Teacher Raj said that yoga is not just a demonstration of poses, but should involve with our awareness. Many people pay attention to worrying ability to achieve or watching and judging other people. The fundamental meaning of yoga lies in the inner Practice, try to focus on your own body. He suggested that to practice yoga with eyes closed, and you feel the body and mind itself which will help to improve self-awareness.
Secondly, the key to improve yoga is practice. No matter young people, old people, patients, healthy people, everyone can make progress. The only obstacle is laziness. The standard of progress is not to compare with others, but only with the self in before.
Thirdly, the person who does yoga seems to be younger. The teacher from YX. Yoga asked everyone in the room to guess how old is Teacher Raj?! I think he seems to be only in his twenties. I deeply believe the positive influence of yoga on the body based on my own experiences. I feel that the muscles are more flexible, less likely to be injured or have backache problems. On March 2019, the TianXia magazine article “Why practice yoga make people stay young?” Also explained the advantage of yoga to keep people young by scientific research. Yoga is really helpful both mentally and physically. In my opinion, the energy of concentration in yoga is the charm that comes out from the people’s inside.
The Hamsalaya yoga with the flowing cycle is very nice to do when you have basic ideas of poses. The energy of the body will be brought up quickly, including the breathing, warmth of blood circulation, the pullback and stretching of muscles, and the tension of the mind. The combination of the number of cycles and the strength of the poses can be adjusted according to the teacher’s teaching or learners’ own ability. It is suitable for beginners or advanced learners.
影片 Video 呼吸生命的美好 Breathe the Beauty of Life — Hamsalaya yoga