Teaching Peace in the Yoga Classroom
The Global Yoga Community at the United Nations International Day of Peace (September 22, 2007) In conjunction with the Global Mala Project designed to unite, it encouraged the yoga mantra to be taught in the service of peace this time. Of course, some questions arise: What is peace? How do you teach peace in a yoga class?
Although everyone seems to have the innate understanding of peace, it is difficult to describe. In the context of the global community, peace is the elimination of war. At individual level, peace can be called calm, calm, silence, balance and harmony.
Yoga naturally strives for peace. Yoga is a process that liberates disease and tension in the body to keep the mind silent for meditation. We find peace in yoga. As the individual achieves peace in his own life, the belief is that a calm, calm, and harmonious state of affection emerges in the world that affects the others.
How can you teach peace in a yoga class?
Pranayama or breath is the pursuit of peace. Instruct students to slow their breath and become aware of the peaceful rhythm of inspiration and exhalation. Teach the students to passively adopt their breath, not to force them to become deeper. It can almost literally be discussed and encourages the students to take peace with each intervention to their body and to release the tension with every expiration. Simply following the breath brings peace to the body and the mind.
Helping students lead their way to the leadership they have in order to become aware of the spaces in their bodies where peace already exists. Then use your breath and yoga postures to expand your sense of peace through the classroom.
The mantras are a particularly effective way to think about peace. I like Tich Nhat Hanh's mantra in peace every step "Breathing to comfort my body, I smile for breath." Tich Nhat Hanh teaches that peace and happiness will be available if we are disturbed by distracted minds.
Yoga's unique focal point can help students move away from the multi-tasking tasks of today's precarious world. Yoga posture and breathing effectively center our students so as to reassure the feeling of peace and emotion.
When teaching physical physical situations, remind students to come in at the moment and be fully acquainted with their body. The posture may be an opportunity to relieve the past and future problems and to enter the present moment of the body.
The teaching of peace in a yoga class means that students are referred to as "lightness and perseverance," as Rodney Yee says. How many times have you seen the students struggling to make their bodies look like the light of Iyengar yoga light ? We encourage students to find their own balance and harmony in a pose that states that there is peace. Yoga is not about the form of posture, but about the feeling of being fostered in the body.
See the type of teaching. Removing posture, such as lifting up the feet, can be fantastic for calming the central nervous system and for attending to peace. Balancing body positions, such as tree poses, will help learners to centralize themselves and to be present at this moment.
Teaching peace in the yoga class simply means setting your students. Slowly move, talk quietly, create unlimited space and time. Slow down your daily greetings for extra time and breath. Do not forget yoga to have "endless time and no ambition".
Teaching peace in the yoga class can seem unimaginable, or even unworkable. However, if we return to the basic story of yoga that Patanjali describes as the "chitta-vrtti-nirohdah" tool or to prevent the mind from rotating, we remind ourselves that we teach peace every time we teach yoga classes. As Yoga teachers, we simply have to return to our intent and have to put that goal on a single target.