Comments on: No Ass-Kicking, Please. http://yogalikesalt.com/2011/01/13/no-ass-kicking-for-the-holidays-please/ Thu, 27 Jan 2011 07:10:35 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.com/ By: brokeasspaleo http://yogalikesalt.com/2011/01/13/no-ass-kicking-for-the-holidays-please/#comment-514 brokeasspaleo Sat, 22 Jan 2011 06:27:00 +0000 http://yogalikesalt.com/2007/12/13/no-ass-kicking-for-the-holidays-please/#comment-514 This post really resonated with me. I'm just learning Ashtanga and having to learn on my own for multiple reasons (finances and serious latex allergies to even air borne particles) It was hard but my inner guru told me to learn the poses one at a time rather than using a ton of modifications and pushing through the entire series. I felt kind of like... maybe Mysore style only works in yoga school. But I also felt being patient and going super slow was right and yes, kinder for me. Reading this post made me feel much better. Thank you. This post really resonated with me. I’m just learning Ashtanga and having to learn on my own for multiple reasons (finances and serious latex allergies to even air borne particles) It was hard but my inner guru told me to learn the poses one at a time rather than using a ton of modifications and pushing through the entire series. I felt kind of like… maybe Mysore style only works in yoga school. But I also felt being patient and going super slow was right and yes, kinder for me. Reading this post made me feel much better. Thank you.

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By: yogasuzi http://yogalikesalt.com/2011/01/13/no-ass-kicking-for-the-holidays-please/#comment-454 yogasuzi Sat, 26 Jul 2008 00:28:45 +0000 http://yogalikesalt.com/2007/12/13/no-ass-kicking-for-the-holidays-please/#comment-454 I know some people subscribe to the belief that spending too much time standing on your head can cause a person to lose their sense of perspective (and humor!), but trust me, mine's still intact. I wouldn't have written an entire essay if I thought she was making a joke. She was saying "work me until I'm a sweating, trembling mess. Push me beyond my limits. Ask me to do things my body isn't ready for, because then I'll think I've had a 'real' workout". One of the hardest things to teach new students is that yoga, done safely and steadily, will increase their fitness. Students who arrive from other exercise disciplines think they have to be left exhausted (and possibly injured) for their time on the mat to be effective. I know some people subscribe to the belief that spending too much time standing on your head can cause a person to lose their sense of perspective (and humor!), but trust me, mine’s still intact.

I wouldn’t have written an entire essay if I thought she was making a joke.

She was saying “work me until I’m a sweating, trembling mess. Push me beyond my limits. Ask me to do things my body isn’t ready for, because then I’ll think I’ve had a ‘real’ workout”.

One of the hardest things to teach new students is that yoga, done safely and steadily, will increase their fitness. Students who arrive from other exercise disciplines think they have to be left exhausted (and possibly injured) for their time on the mat to be effective.

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By: DrJay http://yogalikesalt.com/2011/01/13/no-ass-kicking-for-the-holidays-please/#comment-453 DrJay Fri, 25 Jul 2008 23:07:03 +0000 http://yogalikesalt.com/2007/12/13/no-ass-kicking-for-the-holidays-please/#comment-453 I've been known to say that my yoga teacher kicks ass, in a kind and nurturing way--which is to say that she challenges me and motivates me, in a humorous, ironic way, and the people I say it to, including the teacher herself (who would never literally or figuratively kick anybody's ass), understand that. So, basically, when I read your post, I find myself asking "what was the young woman's tone of voice when she said she wanted her ass kicked? How well does the teacher know her? Could it be that she was making a joke and you simply weren't getting it? I’ve been known to say that my yoga teacher kicks ass, in a kind and nurturing way–which is to say that she challenges me and motivates me, in a humorous, ironic way, and the people I say it to, including the teacher herself (who would never literally or figuratively kick anybody’s ass), understand that. So, basically, when I read your post, I find myself asking “what was the young woman’s tone of voice when she said she wanted her ass kicked? How well does the teacher know her? Could it be that she was making a joke and you simply weren’t getting it?

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By: heathervandermyde http://yogalikesalt.com/2011/01/13/no-ass-kicking-for-the-holidays-please/#comment-450 heathervandermyde Wed, 25 Jun 2008 23:34:40 +0000 http://yogalikesalt.com/2007/12/13/no-ass-kicking-for-the-holidays-please/#comment-450 i agree, great post and good insights. i thank you for sharing def. makes me ponder. i agree, great post and good insights. i thank you for sharing def. makes me ponder.

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By: Nadine Fawell http://yogalikesalt.com/2011/01/13/no-ass-kicking-for-the-holidays-please/#comment-449 Nadine Fawell Mon, 23 Jun 2008 10:30:56 +0000 http://yogalikesalt.com/2007/12/13/no-ass-kicking-for-the-holidays-please/#comment-449 Yup, I also agree agree! Well said. Yup, I also agree agree!
Well said.

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By: Everyday Yogini http://yogalikesalt.com/2011/01/13/no-ass-kicking-for-the-holidays-please/#comment-148 Everyday Yogini Tue, 18 Dec 2007 12:09:37 +0000 http://yogalikesalt.com/2007/12/13/no-ass-kicking-for-the-holidays-please/#comment-148 As they say here in Italy, "D'accordo", or, we agree completely! What a terrific post! As they say here in Italy, “D’accordo”, or, we agree completely! What a terrific post!

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By: yogaguide http://yogalikesalt.com/2011/01/13/no-ass-kicking-for-the-holidays-please/#comment-143 yogaguide Sun, 16 Dec 2007 01:03:25 +0000 http://yogalikesalt.com/2007/12/13/no-ass-kicking-for-the-holidays-please/#comment-143 Amen, Sister! Amen, Sister!

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By: gartenfische http://yogalikesalt.com/2011/01/13/no-ass-kicking-for-the-holidays-please/#comment-135 gartenfische Fri, 14 Dec 2007 23:21:03 +0000 http://yogalikesalt.com/2007/12/13/no-ass-kicking-for-the-holidays-please/#comment-135 Great points. I suspect with time, with regular practice, those who may want their ass kicked will learn patience and mellow on that point. But the key is consistent practice. The practice changes us over time. Great points. I suspect with time, with regular practice, those who may want their ass kicked will learn patience and mellow on that point. But the key is consistent practice. The practice changes us over time.

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By: linda http://yogalikesalt.com/2011/01/13/no-ass-kicking-for-the-holidays-please/#comment-133 linda Fri, 14 Dec 2007 16:16:45 +0000 http://yogalikesalt.com/2007/12/13/no-ass-kicking-for-the-holidays-please/#comment-133 I've written before about the western "kick my ass" yoga mentality. Once I subbed a class for a teacher who was known for her ability to "kick ass." I also can kick some yoga ass, but in a different way...:) so this student who did not know me walked in, saw me, looked worried, and said "is your class intense?" I asked, "what do you mean by intense?" and she left. students should really be going inward and asking themselves WHY they need their asses kicked....especially in a yoga class. I’ve written before about the western “kick my ass” yoga mentality. Once I subbed a class for a teacher who was known for her ability to “kick ass.” I also can kick some yoga ass, but in a different way…:) so this student who did not know me walked in, saw me, looked worried, and said “is your class intense?” I asked, “what do you mean by intense?” and she left.

students should really be going inward and asking themselves WHY they need their asses kicked….especially in a yoga class.

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