When you spend your days observing the bodies and systems of other humans, something happens to you. It’s like you learn another language. You can read a body just like you would read a road sign or a newspaper. And in order to get an idea of what’s going on on the inside, you don’t need to read the whole book, you can read the main headlines. We can all do this and this is the key to unlocking the body through an Ibiza yoga practice. As a teacher, you can guide and objectively view the body, but it is consciousness and awareness from the practitioner themselves – YOU – which is at the heart of fully opening and understanding your body and your ‘stuff’!
The yoga mat is like a mirror of how we approach our lives. The way we approach postures reflects exactly where we hold our tensions in the body. It reflects what’s going on inside us. You can literally see the trauma etched into the spine – where the body is protecting the heart. You can see and feel how the emotions are stored in the hips – and where the body is gripping on – afraid to let go. You can see a person who carries the weight of the world on his or her shoulders.
Try this exercise with some of the most well known postures. Try to be MINDFUL as you approach them. Try not to project into the future on how they *should* look.
Warrior 1 (Virabhadrasana 1) – click here for how-to instructions
Triangle Trikonasana – click here for how-to instructions
Seated forward bend (Paschimottanasana) – click here for how-to-instructions
Ask yourself these questions:
* Where do I feel tension in my body during this posture?
* At what point does this tension kick in? Can I back off and release the tension? Can I use my breath to disperse any over-gripping of the muscles?
* Which muscles am I using (you don’t have to know the names!)
* Where does my breath flow easily?
* Are there parts of my body which I notice feel blocked?
Try to enjoy the enquiry and observation on the journey of the pose, as you learn to listen to your body.