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July 5, 2016
In Yoga Bini Osaka, I think that the difference between beginners and advanced in yoga is not important.
rishikesh is the birthplace of yoga, in yoga in India it is training of the mind and is going to train your spirit through various experiences of life. The hardness of the body and age are irrelevant in strengthening the mind through yoga and repeating life experience.
In yoga have many difficult poses and you should do this poses under the experienced yoga teachers because during some difficult poses you can make hurt yourself.
April 27, 2015
Thank you Gaurav. The difference between beginners and advanced students is that they should not be in the same class. Yes, physical postures are not all of what yoga is about, but injuries will happen with new students in advanced classes. Here are some guidelines for your new beginner students. In this way you will do the needful and keep your students from harm's way.
Have Realistic Expectations for Your New Students
In its simplest form, yoga is a light and gentle physical activity that is ideal for those who are recovering from injury or illness. It's very low impact, and the easier asanas are ideal for those who may not be that flexible or toned. And yet, far too many students and instructors seem to think everyone should be able to contort themselves into almost unnatural positions after just a few classes. Like everything else that is worth doing, it takes time to get really good at many yoga exercises and poses. Don't expect a class of beginners to tackle the most advanced asanas, even if you've been working with them for a few weeks. Be patient with your students, and don't push perfection on them. Encourage them to do their best, and tell them that what they can do is good enough.
Pay Attention to Injury-Prone Areas
Hamstrings, the lower back, the neck and the knees are all prone to injury even for the most advanced yoga students. When you teach your students any new exercises or poses, pay attention to these areas and warn everyone to protect them at all times. This goes for your own yoga experiences as well. You can hurt yourself as easily as your students can, so don't push yourself harder than you should.
Remember that Pain is Never a Good Thing
While it's okay to feel a little sore after an intense yoga session, the exercises and asanas you and your students attempt shouldn't cause any pain. If any of your students say that what they are doing is hurting them, make them stop. They won't achieve new levels of physical fitness or spiritual enlightenment if they push through their pain. They will only hurt themselves, which will set them back much more than not working hard enough.
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