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The Power Of Language In Practice

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THE POWER OF LANGUAGE IN PRACTICE

๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด!

Either you have heard teachers saying this or thought that practicing will get you to whatever you are trying to achieve.

๐˜‹๐˜ฐ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ข ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ต? ๐˜‹๐˜ฐ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ???

Students ask these all the time.

And I always answer: โ€œ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ฏ๐—ฒ, ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜.โ€ ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

These days I have been reflecting on the language we use as teachers.

Why?

Simply because language matters since it is the channel we use to communicate with our students.

๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ถ๐˜, ๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐˜€๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—น ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€.

โ€œOne day your elbows will touch your feet.โ€ -Paschimottansana (Standing forward fold)

โ€œOne day your legs in your dancerโ€™s pose will look like a split.โ€ -A script in the classic Bikram sequence

I have said these things in my class.

And the more I evaluate these languages, the more I have realized their impact.

Thatโ€™s why I have been consciously practicing to REMOVE them when I teach.

While we may want to do yoga to improve flexibility, mobility, strength, and/or whatever that isโ€ฆ

โ€ฆ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜จ๐˜ข ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ โ€œ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆโ€ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฆ.

. . .

I used to think the more and longer we practice, the more we can โ€œachieveโ€.

What I eventually learned is:

๐Ÿ‘‰The longer I practice, the more I find things that I cannot do. ๐Ÿ‘‰The deeper I get into the study of yoga, the more I realize that thereโ€™s so much I donโ€™t know.

So: โœจ Instead of setting a goal to do splits, set your practice aim on improving hamstring flexibility.

โœจ Instead of thinking about whether you can reach your heels in Wheel, think of improving spine mobility.

And as teachers, we must be very clear about our message when we teach.

Language matters.

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