Good morning to everybody! I was gone a few days, celebrating my first wedding anniversary with my beloved husband, Gary. We drove though Colorado and enjoyed nature in the Rocky mountains. It made me grateful for the beauty mother earth gives us. Here is a video to enjoy!
Sotai Yoga uses your natural myotatic reflexes to "fool" the brain. It overcomes the automatic resistance the body has against unusual, extreme or painful movements. How? By doing the opposite movement against real or imaginary resistance. The previously "difficult" movement, will thus become easier. For example, in order to prepare for seated forward bending, as in Paschimottanasana, one may face two difficulites: hip flexion, during which the back of the legs resist the stretch and lower back extension, during which the lumbar muscles and fasciae resist lengthening. Many yoga practitioners cannot even sit in Dandasana properly: the lumbar spine falls backward behind the buttock level. What can we do? Well, first we need to master Dandasana before we can even attempt Paschimottanasana. Arch your back against imaginary resistance, then sit straight extending the spine in Dandasana, then bend forward to Paschimottanasana
It is important to have a harmonious balance between strength and flexibility, to avoid compensation. Your body will tend to use the part of the body that is already strong or flexible and avoid using areas that lack strength or flexibility. Sotai Yoga makes you first discover and assess your "difficult" areas. This honest look into your body, with a "feeling awareness", is a necessary first step before you hope to advance.
You cannot practice Sotai Yoga without 100% body awareness. By bringing more consciousness to the body, not only you will practice any technique more successfully. You are strengthening your immune system. Every cell in your body rejoices with the attention you give it and does its best to please you, by doing its job better. Many people who do yoga think that they advance or "go deeper" if they perform more difficult and extreme exercises. Advancement happens when your feeling awareness permeates your body and when you realize more and more detail in the context of the whole. Sotai Yoga can train you to do this and it is both an important part of the healing process, as well as a way to develop your consciousness and spirituality.