Preveč energije se vlaga v to, da bi bili v asanah videti POPOLNI. Estetsko privlačni. A to ima svojo CENO.
Zakaj izvajamo asane? Razlogi so seveda različni, a verjetno danes večina ljudi hodi na klase joge, da bi se počutili bolje, se malo raztegnili, morda sprostili. Tisti, ki jim je disciplina joge blizu, ker želijo spoznati naravo SEBE, pogosto ne izvajajo asan, ki bi jih prinesle blizu trenutne meje telesne sposobnosti. Zato je seveda verjetnost, da se bodo med prakso joge poškodovali neprimerno manjša kot pri tistih, ki skozi vadbo asan iščejo estetiko izvedbe položaja in iščejo napredek v globini izvedbe položaja.
Koliko gibljivosti in moči dejansko potrebujemo?
Toliko, da brez težav počnemo to, kar vsak dan počnemo. Oziroma malenkost več. Povprečen smrtnik ne potrebuje noro gibljivega telesa. Tudi večina športnikov ne potrebuje ekstremno gibljivega telesa. Lahko bi rekli, da ekstremno gibljivost potrebujejo baletniki, gimnastiki …a tudi za njih velja, da če gibljivost ne bo podprta z močjo, bo slej ali prej prišlo do poškodbe. Ekstremna uporaba telesa najbrž ne prinaša dolge funkcionalnosti.
Če pogosto izvajamo asane (3 ali večkrat tedensko) je smiselno, da je izvedba asan podprta z močjo in da ne izvajamo amplitud, ki bi sklepe postavljale v anatomsko nesmiselno postavitev. Tkiva okrog sklepa imajo jasen namen. Ligamenti držijo sklep skupaj, mišice skrbijo za to, da ima sklep svojo fukcionalnost giba, tetive pripenjajo mišičje na kosti. Sklepna ovojnica, sinovialna tekočina…ničesar na telesu ni, kar ne bi služilo svojemu namenu. Telo bo odlično funkcioniralo, če bo njegova uporaba taka, da bodo vsa tkiva lahko opravljala svoje naloge. In sklepi…če ima avtomobil “luft v končnikih”, jih nemudoma zamenjamo. Kako pogosto so take menjave potrebne? Odvisno od načina vožnje.
Če želimo telo ohraniti brez resnih posegov vanj, bo torej smiselno izbrati uporabo, ki bo kar najmanj destruktivna.
Zato se sprašujem, zakaj fascinacija z ekstremnimi položaji? Zakaj želja učiteljev, da bi iz svojega klasa naredili gimnastično telovadbo za neprofesionalce?
Ali ni bolj smiselno ljudem ponuditi gibanje v okviru, ki ga njihovo telo zmore?
Ali smo res podlegli instant kulturi in kultu estetike do te mere, da potrebujemo identifikacijo s popolnim telesom?
“I think so many alignment cues in yoga and fitness are based on esthetics, not function. This view is causing unnecessary wear and tear on our joints, its so ridiculously simple, you’ll be shocked to learn how simple it would be to simply STOP causing this wear and tear that leads to FAI which may lead to arthritis which leads to hip replacement surgery, all because we thought that lifting the leg in parallel was correct, right, the way we’re supposed to do it. No folks, it not right, better or the way we’re supposed to it, its simply an esthetic choice that has taken a hold of our brains and is causing serious injury needlessly.
The hip joint is a ball and socket joint, balls in sockets don’t move in linear lines, they roll, spin and glide, if we let them. But if we tell our muscles to do it another way, over and over again, this natural movement in the joint will be over ridden by other louder more persistent messages, that say lift the leg straight out in front. And then this beautiful little thing called joint play, the roll spin and glide in the ball and socket joint is replaced with robotic action of lifting the leg straight up.
But it doesn’t end there, it continues on when we set up for standing poses, foot straight ahead, thigh lined up with the mat, hips squared etc…its happening in very dam standing pose and seated pose, and then we assume that if it’s better to do yoga in parallel it must be correct to walk in parallel too and we take this information off the mat into our gait. Hum? really?
So here’s the clincher, I have been trying to figure this out for years, after my first exposure to the Axis Syllabus 8 years ago. People are stubborn in weird ways, even though it feels better and obviously reduces or eliminates all pinching, gripping, clenching and pain. People still doubt that it’s right, because it feels too easy, if they’re not hurting in the groin to hold the leg up, they think they’re being lazy. I have shown this to probably hundreds of people in every single YTT I have done for the past 8 years and I get the same responses every time
1. its more natural
2. its easier
3. it doesn’t hurt
4. it feels like I have more space
and then i ask so why do we do it the other way and I get
1. its what the teacher demonstrated
2. I thought i was supposed to feel it there (point to groin)
Oh, so what if I told you it was OK to not be in pain?
And what if I told you that every time you feel that pinch, that clench, that pain, you’re rubbing the head of your femur up against the front of the labrum and that’s causing wear and TEAR that could lead to serious injury, would you choose to lift your leg straight out in front and line it up straight in front or would you allow for a little natural fall out of the mid line? And then lift your leg and do your standing poses with a new alignment. And every time you line up your standing poses if you allow for some external rotation in the front leg you’ll feel less grinding in the hip and that’s a good thing, that means less wear and tear. Less wear and TEAR! TEARING is what causes FAI. And it happens very slowly over time. I can feel hints of it my my hips, I know the signs, anytime I try to do poses that pull my joints apart, pretty much any standing pose or seated pose done even with lots of co contraction and strength, these poses, are are pulling our joints apart if done is parallel, by not honoring the balls in the sockets.
Like we have heard in many comments and posts, not all yoga teachers do yoga or teach yoga for healing purposes there are many reasons why people do yoga. So I get this may not be of interest to many of you, but for those of you that actually care about the longevity of your joint surfaces, i strongly suggest you take this seriously and begin to consider how to change what you practice, try it out, ask your students, do your own research, and keep the conversation evolving.
People have asked to tell them what poses should we stop doing-teaching. They want a list. I don’t think we need to eliminate any poses per say, if someone can adapt to the load being placed on the joint then there is less risk. Understanding risk is key to understanding longevity, if we understand when we’re moving out of congrency into risk zone, we have a choice. If we as teachers understand what this actually means then we can advise our students. Most teachers have no idea what this means, i have finally figured it out after many many years, so don’t feel bad if you don’t know today.
I am determined to help yoga teachers make the transition from dogma and esthetics laced teachings to teaching from informed choices based on biomechanics. If we knew the risks of these choices, maybe some people would still choose them for whatever reasons, i give up trying to figure that stuff out, but my assumption is that many would choose longevity over esthetics and dogma. I believe we have made certain choices because we simply did not know the implications, now that we know, it is our responsibility to change the shape of things to come. Literally to change the shape of poses.
Its going to take time, I realize this, we have start somewhere, we are making some headway it seems, at at least this group is giving me hope that we are, but actually changing the shapes of the poses will take a bit of reorganizing in our own brains, then our ability to teach these new shapes with clarity and CONFIDENCE. That’s the hardest part, we have lost faith in our ability to make the best choices, we have been second guessing ourselves for too long, I have and I know how hard it must be for other teachers to come forth with their own insecurities, its so easy to pretend we know, its so hard to admit we don’t know, we might have made some huge errors, take for instance the glute blind spot, coming forth and admitting we don’t know is hard.”