"I honor the place in you where the entire universe dwells,
That place in you that is Light, Love, Truth, Peace,
When you are in the place in you and I am in that place in me,
There is only one of us, Namaste."
The first studio I taught for was called Namaste Yoga. The owner, Veronica, would always end her class with a Thich Nhat Hanh quote, “We sit together, the mountain and me...until only the mountain remains. Namaste.”
The word breaks down in to Namaḥ = reverence and te = divinity. When combined, the visarga at the end of Namaḥ turns to an ‘s’ and you get Namaste. In the context of ending a yoga class, it’s the perfect word to point to the potential in all of us to be kind, compassionate, grateful and equanimous. Though the word can also mean a more formal hello, the intention behind it is the key...
I've been teaching yoga for nearly two decades. Since 2016, I have been using permission cards in my classes. I have learned that hands-on assists can be very helpful, informative, even enjoyable, but not always and not everyone wants them. If you come to one of my classes, you will find a pile of cards by the entrance for anyone who wants hands-on assists to place by their mat. If you change your mind during the class, you can hide the card under your mat.
Why Hands-on Assists?
There are many good reasons to offer hands-on assists: helping with stability, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Feedback Stretching (PNF), applying traction, etc. Verbal cues are also helpful, but in no way a substitute for the reasons mentioned above.
What's the Problem?
Well, where to begin? Perhaps the most important concern is th...