Mysore Style Practice
You must be familiar with Ashtanga Mysore Style for joining Grischa's retreats. This traditional teaching method from Mysore (South India) is the key component of Yoga teaching from our point of view.
A new understanding of Adjustments
Grischa is using the 1:1 teaching approach to help you grow in your own practice and to educate your inner teacher. His assists and adjustments are extremely precise. They are helping you to understand the meaning of a pose and how to remove obstacles on the path to learn it. The ideal adjustment awakens immediate insight into the internal nature of a posture and ultimately the meaning of Yoga practice.
You will see that forceful adjustments in Ashtanga are ineffective and harmful. They do not educate and oppose internal healing.
Learning new postures
Once you understand the core principles of good internal alignment you will re-experience all poses of your practice as fundamentally new. From that moment learning "new" poses becomes a lot easier when you see that they are all just variations of the same core principles of practice.
Healing your practice
Teachers have full responsibility for their students' health. Most injuries in Yoga simply come from misunderstandings about the nature of correct practice. As soon as such ignorance is removed, the body will no longer be strained (or even re-injured). The body will then heal, that is it's nature.
Typical unnecessary injuries
Due to the methodological approach of Ashtanga Grischa has become an expert in removing the causes of typical injuries that can be found in the Ashtanga series. With good alignment practically all injuries can be avoided.
Imagine the whole spectrum of education had been taken over by sports teachers who declared gymnastics to be the only meaningful thing to learn. That’s what they are good at, all the other stuff is too difficult, so it’s just theory, right? Welcome to “modern” Yoga. Ignorance or narrow-mindedness are no signs of good practice or teaching.
All components of Yoga practice need each other. The purpose of Asana is fulfilled in providing a stable foundation for controlling the nervous system and the senses. Controlled senses allow you to concentrate the mind. Only a concentrated mind can be cultivated. This is where Yoga begins.
The most important quality of all practices is adhering to an ethical system, all the time, without exception. This is said to be the “great yogic vow” (mahavratam), according to the scriptures of Yoga. Selfish, narcissistic, greedy or abusive teacher personalities indicate the complete absence of Yoga. Instagram.
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