Paradoxes of Teaching

March 12, 2012

Paradoxes of Teaching:

While we are all busy teaching, as teachers we seem to be starved for the time to practice ourselves.

We teach, yet we are often the ones who are really learning.

We attempt to teach our students the ability to be present, yet sometimes they don’t seem present to receive this teaching.

How can we stay open and generous, when we see that over-concentrated look on our student’s faces that makes them look angry and mean?

These paradoxes are part of the complex puzzle of our lives, our teaching and our practice. We relax our abdominal muscles and then work on our core… Both! These paradoxes are nature doing it’s thing – all part of our process.

Core Work:
Seated Low abdominal engagement:
Reverse curl, using rolling ball as a visual/manual cue
Supine Upper abdominal engagement:
Pilates Rib/Arms

Proprioception Work for Ankles:
Supine Supta Padangustasana (no belt)
Ankle circles with awareness of sole of foot’s relationship to ceiling and hip.

Lunge Sequence:
From All Fours: Lunge, Parsvottanasana, Uttansana, Uttanasana with one foot on block, Uttanasana, Parsvottanasana. Rep 2nd side.

Standing Poses:
Vira 2
Ardha Chandrasana
Standing Split, Quad stretch, Lifted/Turned out
Ardha Matseyendrasana
Bunny Rabbit prep for Gomukhasana
Parivrtta Parsvakonasana
Deep lunge:
with one foot on block
with one foot on on block
Rep 2nd side.


Legs Up Wall:
Ankle to Knee
1/2 Happy Baby


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