All too often, students attend years of yoga classes without any real clue of why they practice the techniques they're practising. Or whether the practices they are learning are suitable for them. Or whether they are practising the basics safely. Or what the intention is behind the techniques they are practising.
Many well meaning teachers don't notice, or don't know, when students are repeatedly practising with injurious alignment in the body, or are practising breathing patterns that might benefit someone else, but not the student. This can be due to minimum training, or because classes are too large.
It is true that yoga can benefit just about anyone. However everyone has different needs, strengths and weaknesses. That's why learning in large classes, and simply following the teacher regardless of one's ability can do more harm than good. My teacher, like his teacher before him, and his before him always taught each of their students according to their individual needs. This student centric approach to yoga practice does offers the greatest benefit to a student, and it is what I hope to share.
Much of my yoga training has involved observing and assisting my teacher, Dr Chandrasekaran in his Chennai clinic where he uses yoga techniques to heal a large variety of physical, physiological and mental illnesses. All my yoga therapy cases are currently supervised by Dr Chandrasekaran. I have also studied yoga anatomy and physiology with Australian physiotherapist Simon Borg Olivier.
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