This month I taught alignment and biomechanics for InBody Yoga Academy. We discussed how as a yoga teacher I believe the goal is to facilitate our student in moving toward optimal alignment within their body, mind and heart. We are fluid being and we are always moving toward optimal alignment or away from optimal alignment.
Optimal alignment is the state of being in balance physically, emotionally, and mentally.
Moving toward optimal alignment= more EASE, heal old and prevent future injuries in the body, focused and stable mind, peaceful and joy filled heart.
Away from optimal alignment= more DIS-EASE, injuries and discomfort in the body, foggy and unstable mind, heavy heart.
We find optimal alignment (sattva/ just right) = dynamic balance between STABILITY and FREEDOM (three gunas)
To much stability (tamas/ to little)
Body= stiff, uncomfortable, negatively influences physical alignment. Distracts from a clear mind and happy heart.
Mind= slow/ stuck on one thought. Addiction. Hard to be vibrant in heart and body.
Heart= stuck in an emotion, little energy. Hard to be focused in mind and enjoy body.
To much freedom (rajas/ to much)
Body= hyper mobility, negatively influences physical alignment. Distracts from a clear mind and happy heart.
Mind= over-activity, lack of direction, stress. Hard to experience vibrancy in heart and body.
Heart= depleting, instability, rapid changes in mood. Hard to be focused in mind and enjoy body.
We did lots of journaling and exploring of what it feels like when we are moving toward optimal alignment and what it feels like when we are moving away from optimal alignment. This concept transformed my life as a yogi. Realizing that every action I take or do not take brings me either towards my goals of health, happiness and harmony (optimal alignment. sattva) or sadness, anxiety and fear (away from optimal alignment) and that I am free to choose my actions and I can choose to co participate in this process so I can continue to move toard optimal alignment!