- Two yoga lecturers debunk 12 myths about yoga. They clarify methods pregnant folks can safely observe.
- In addition they debunk the concept that yoga is a faith and is not a technique to convert folks to Hinduism.
- They even point out how you do not have to be flexible to do yoga. It is one thing everybody can do.
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Following is a transcript of the video.
Tejal Patel: “You should not do yoga in case you’re pregnant.”
Jesal Parikh: Ugh. Actually?
Parikh: “Yoga is a faith.”
Parikh: Ooh, this can be a controversial one.
Patel: “It’s a must to be versatile to do yoga.”
Patel: Eh. Can we simply, like, rip that up, throw it away, and by no means do not forget that was ever stated, ever once more?
Patel: My identify is Tejal Patel. My pronouns are she, her, and hers. I’m a yoga instructor, I am a neighborhood organizer, and I am a podcaster. I began studying about yoga my entire life, and I have been educating for about seven or eight years.
Parikh: Hello, my identify is Jesal Parikh. My pronouns are she, her, and hers, and I am a yoga instructor, a podcaster, and an business disruptor. I have been doing yoga since I used to be a child, however I began educating about 10 years in the past.
Patel: Yoga is an historic dwelling custom, and it is also a religious observe.
Parikh: Nevertheless it’s grow to be a health program and a fad.
Patel: We’re attempting to vary that by dispelling some myths about what folks assume is yoga and what yoga actually is.
Parikh: “Yoga is simply train.”
That is the largest fantasy of all of them, I believe, for positive. That is the change that is include time and translation over to the Western hemisphere. It is undoubtedly not simply an train, it is a religious observe with historic traditions. It is an eight-limb path.
Patel: Yoga can embody breath work. It will probably embody studying how you can meditate. It will probably embody being higher in direction of your self, being higher in direction of others. There’s so many issues that yoga observe can educate us that calling it “simply train” is a big disservice to the precise observe, the tradition it got here from, and to you as an individual training yoga.
Parikh: “This pose is Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward-Going through Canine).”
Patel: So, many individuals know this pose translated to be Downward-Going through Canine Pose, however you can too translate this pose to be Mountain Pose. You’ll be able to discover so many alternative lineages in yoga. And whenever you try this, you will discover that totally different poses or poses that look the identical have totally different names relying on the lineage. And that is type of the fantastic thing about yoga.
Patel: “It’s best to attempt to maintain your again straight.”
Parikh: I see this cue given on a regular basis in Seated Ahead Fold, so Paschimottanasana. I see it given in Uttanasana, Standing Ahead Fold. I additionally generally hear it in Downward-Going through Canine as effectively. Until you might have an acute again harm that stops you from rounding your again, I’d say attempt it each methods. Attempt it with a straight backbone and a rounded again, as a result of each abilities are invaluable. The straight backbone is usually equated to the hip hinge, which lots of people do not essentially perceive how you can do of their physique. It permits you to use a few of your internal core muscle tissues to stabilize, and that is a great factor, but it surely’s additionally a extremely good factor to learn to use flexion in your backbone and likewise begin to load that over time in order that whenever you do bend over to choose up your groceries and your again is rounded, you do not throw out your again. The one unsafe motion or alignment in your physique is the one you are not ready for.
Patel: “Your shin needs to be parallel to the mat in Kapotasana (Pigeon Pose).”
You’ll be able to take this pose in any variation, in any method that feels OK for you. Once I cue this pose, I provide as many props as attainable, and you recognize what? You do not have to put ahead on this pose. You do not have to show, you do not have to backbend. You are able to do what feels proper to you.
Parikh: What is that this pose supposed to perform? For some folks, which may imply discovering some flexibility of their hips, and for others, it is extra of a religious, deeper observe, during which case it does not actually matter what the pose seems like.
Parikh: “It’s best to twist so far as you possibly can in Parivrtta Utkatasana (Revolved Chair Pose).”
You are not gonna attain nirvana simply by twisting so far as you possibly can. This pose, in the best way that it is cued, going into the twist as a lot as you possibly can is unquestionably not going to be applicable for people who find themselves experiencing SI joint ache or for pregnant girls, however for everybody else, it is OK. It is only a matter of, you recognize, what’s their historical past with their backbone?
Patel: This can be a actually complicated pose. Asking somebody to do a extra complicated pose that has quite a lot of totally different actions to it, for the hips, for the backbone, stabilizing within the legs, you are going to wish to know what these college students are working with. And usually in circulate courses, you do not get all that info earlier than you begin. So what I’d say to lecturers is to be cautious about the way you cue this pose, give all of the choices you possibly can, give everybody the out in the event that they want it, and likewise create some area for folks to return out and in of this form in the event that they want it.
“When your legs are straight (in a pose), your knees needs to be locked.”
Parikh: You’ll be able to lock your knees. It is extra muscularly participating to not lock your knees and to maintain them a little bit bit bent, however for these individuals who lack energy, perhaps, in a pose and have to rely a little bit bit extra on their joint place, locking the knees can actually make the pose a little bit bit simpler for them.
Patel: I hear this cue given quite a bit when individuals are being requested to ahead fold. And I’d say in that pose specifically, undoubtedly micro bend or simply go forward and actually bend your knees.
Parikh: It is only a higher thought to begin with bent knee after which see the way it feels if you wish to transfer in direction of a straighter leg.
“It’s best to maintain your knees stacked over your ankles.”
Parikh: Ah! I detest this cue a lot! It is one which’s given for “security causes,” which, there is a actually backward logic to this.
Patel: I discover it places folks again into the mindset of doing one thing completely or poorly, with nothing in between, and when, actually, every little thing in between is the place you wish to be, within the exploration of it. Some poses you hear this cue used a little bit bit too typically, in my view, are any of the standing poses, like Warrior II, Aspect Angle Pose, revolved variations of any of these poses. I believe we are able to undoubtedly transfer into extra exploration inside these poses and in additional mobility and extra testing issues out, as a result of that is what we do in actual life anyway. Like, once we stroll up the steps, we’re not aware of conserving our knee stacked over the ankle, are we?
Parikh: Yeah, and if we take a look at photos of different yoga masters doing this pose, their knee goes well beyond the ankle, so I do not know the place this cue got here from or why, but it surely’s simply wiggled its method into the yoga business.
Patel: “You should not do yoga in case you’re pregnant.”
Parikh: There’s an entire style referred to as prenatal yoga full of nice low-impact asana, poses, that you are able to do in case you’re pregnant.
Patel: I believe this fantasy could be round as a result of in sure components of a yoga observe, you possibly can maintain your breath for a few of the breath work, or pranayama, practices, and in prenatal, it is type of suggested to not maintain your breath.
Parikh: So, poses to keep away from could be deep spinal twists, laying flat in your again, inversions, any breath retention that’s vigorous or too aggressive.
Patel: Poses which may really feel very nice could possibly be Cat and Cow, in the best way that your backbone can transfer. It could possibly be a wide-legged ahead fold. Additionally supporting your self with a wall, supporting your self with props in poses, squatting, as a result of that helps you put together for labor and supply. Additionally being in Tabletop and simply circling and swaying your hips. Loud respiration, exhalations and sighs. You’ll be able to, if you wish to, ask somebody within the medical area whether or not beginning a yoga observe throughout your being pregnant is a good suggestion. Possibly some issues you have not tried earlier than in your yoga observe you may not wish to implement whilst you’re pregnant.
Patel: “It’s a must to be versatile to do yoga.” Eh. Can we simply, like, rip that up, throw it away, by no means do not forget that?
Parikh: This fantasy comes from the concept that yoga is only a bunch of poses and that it is only a health observe, when the fact is you are able to do yoga day by day with out doing a single pose ever.
Patel: It is also assuming that you just did some prep work to begin your yoga observe. Yoga is the entry level. And I believe it simply prevents folks from pondering that yoga is for them, when the fact is yoga is for everyone. You can begin at any level, at any age, and you’ll maintain going, it doesn’t matter what your flexibility degree is.
Patel: “Sukhasana, aka The Simple Pose, is straightforward.”
Parikh: Positively not a straightforward pose, undoubtedly misnamed pose, I believe in many individuals’s opinions.
Patel: Individuals use their our bodies actually in another way. They could be sitting on the ground to eat, they could be squatting to brush, and, culturally, we simply do not try this as a lot. So I like to recommend quite a lot of assist and quite a lot of preparation earlier than making an attempt this pose.
Parikh: “The extra superior the pose, the higher it’s for you.”
Patel: You may see on Instagram, all over, “handstand yogis,” quote, unquote. All they’re doing could be very robust, muscularly targeted posturing. If that is your cup of tea, nice. Nevertheless it does not make you a extra superior yogi. Sorry to burst the bubble on that.
Parikh: Essentially the most superior yoga pose is sitting quietly and meditating. So in case you can handle to dam out your ideas and focus inward and simply breathe and sit with out something going by means of your thoughts, that, I believe, is like, all hail to you if you are able to do that.
Parikh: “Yoga is a faith.” Ooh, this can be a controversial one, with plenty of opinions on the market. Yoga itself shouldn’t be a faith, however it’s a religious observe.
Patel: Everybody needs to know if yoga is Hindu or not. And the reply is sure and no.
Parikh: Hinduism and yoga are each rooted within the Vedas. And so the connection between the 2 is that they each have a Vedic lineage.
Patel: And, sure, modern-day Hinduism consists of yoga, however modern-day Hinduism can also be very totally different from Vedic Hinduism. It has advanced. And so has yoga. Yoga exists each inside Hinduism and outdoors of it. Principally, it is each Hindu and non-Hindu.
Parikh: So in case you’re not selecting to be Hindu, you possibly can nonetheless respect the tradition from the place this comes from, which is the Vedic tradition, which is the Indian tradition.
Patel: Simply since you’re chanting “om” or sitting in a cross-legged seated place, that does not make you Hindu. I believe to be a great yoga instructor, there needs to be relationship constructing with the neighborhood that you just’re giving the yoga practices to. And I additionally assume to be a great yoga instructor, it’s important to do not forget that yoga is a wealthy cultural custom and a religious observe. Studying in regards to the practices that come from South Asia can appear to be taking courses with lecturers who’re South Asian. It will probably appear to be beginning to diversify your yoga bookshelf by in search of out authors which have South Asian heritage or backgrounds. It might begin to appear to be interested by the music you may play. For those who play music as a instructor in your yoga courses, are you able to begin to diversify your playlist? We now have quite a lot of choices, and we would love so that you can take us up on the workshop to be taught extra.