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The Power Of Choice

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๐—š๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—บ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ

๐˜‘๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜บ. ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ง.

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—œ ๐—ป๐—ผ ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€.

In the past year, I have been studying the student-teacher relationship. Since then, I have been reflecting as a teacher on how I can truly provide an environment for my students to โ€œfind their own practice.โ€

As teachers, we are there to encourage our students to explore and experiment with their own style of yoga.

๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ธ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—ช๐—”๐—ฌ๐—ฆ ๐—›๐—”๐—ฉ๐—˜ ๐—” ๐—–๐—›๐—ข๐—œ๐—–๐—˜. ๐Ÿ˜Š

In yoga, we have a choice to modify a pose, or even skip a pose.

Applying self-inquiry into our practice means observing and studying our body moment by moment and adjusting our practice accordingly.

That may include skipping some poses that donโ€™t feel right on a particular day.

And as teachers, itโ€™s our job to remember that every student has the right to skip a pose, modify the pose, for whatever reason that is, including when they donโ€™t feel like it on that day.

When they say โ€œnoโ€ to some parts of the practice, they are saying โ€œyesโ€ to themselves. ๐Ÿค—

At the end of the day, our role is to ๐—›๐—˜๐—Ÿ๐—ฃ them to tune in with themselves while identifying what is right for them to do in that particular moment.

Instead of giving an impression that we are โ€œpushingโ€ them to challenge themselves, consider how we can refine our language in class to emphasize the real importance of yoga to students.

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