I’ve been a Yoga instructor for over 20 years, and I can say with some certainty that the number one question I get asked from students in their first Yoga class is, “Am I doing this right?”
AM I DOING THIS RIGHT?
To the novice practitioner, Yoga is a pretty odd activity. Unlike most other fitness classes, Yoga classes usually start with some sort of singing, or breathing technique, or story outlining a specific moral or ethical finding. Then, students are guided through some calisthenics. After the students are warmed up, rather than continue with more physical exercises, they are asked to stay still for several breaths while making a sculptural shape. Next, another sculptural shape to stay in for several breaths, followed by another, and another, folding the body over in various ways, sometimes stretching, sometimes balancing, sometimes trying to develop leg or arm strength. After some time, all the students lie down seemingly to take a nap, and then the class ends with more singing or encouraging words by the teacher.