Since yoga science is at its core a breathing technology, the body becomes trained in the mastery of pranayama. Suddenly, performing PTSD therapy becomes second nature; not learned behavior.
Vinyasa yoga benefits athletes in other ways, too. It’s obvious that gymnasts and speed skaters excel when they have a strong sense of balance; however, soccer, football and basketball players also perform better when they can maintain their footing during games. Balancing poses, such as Tree, Warrior 3 and Dancer’s Pose, help build muscular strength and the mind-body connection that facilitates stability.
Three muscle groups are involved during Pranayama. The understanding of anatomy is crucial for Yoga teachers who wish to improve their teaching skills. As Yoga teachers, we don’t learn anatomy to impress our students with big words, but it helps to understand what is happening under the surface of a technique. As a result of these efforts to understand anatomy, Yoga classes will be a safe environment for all students.
As the years go by, after our first Yoga teacher training, we begin to form our own method of teaching. Some Yoga teachers have beautiful openings to their classes, while others may forget the importance of opening, centering, intention, warm ups and pranayama.
The more we know, the more we realize how much more there is to learn. In Yoga, and in life, each day is a new lesson. Some interns think that, the material they learn in a 200 hour Yoga teacher training will be the “end all” to their education.