Progress with Immersion
By Jennifer Kagan
Learning something new requires consistency. This is true of everything, including learning another language — something many of us here in San Miguel are quite familiar with. Daily practice is priceless, but spend a significant amount time in immersion and see how rapidly you advance.
This is true of yoga. Yoga, an ancient Indian art and science, is a practice. The popularity of yoga has expanded primarily in one of its eight aspects, that of asanas or physical postures. Even if we were to focus just on the practice of postures, the ability to move more intelligently and understand and connect with our bodies and minds requires an engaged and committed practice. Just like a language, if you only practice a little you can only communicate basic needs; with more practice the river of communication widens. And so it is with yoga; the more you engage with the subject more of the benefits reveal themselves to you, unfolding like a never-ending tapestry.
There are different strategies to immersion learning. First, commit to studying with one teacher regularly for at least three months. This allows you to truly experience the methodology and to connect with a teacher who then invests equally in you and can therefore guide you appropriately. Second, take a course wherein information is focused, and meeting more than once a week gives you the opportunity to go deep. Lastly, go on a retreat. Being away from home and daily distractions allows you to engage and absorb more fully in the learning. Retreats are structured so your attention is undistracted, providing the opportunity to penetrate deeply within and set the ground for new habits. Being on retreat allows you to see yourself in a new light. And perhaps best of all, a retreat allows you to experience what it is to be free of stress.
To immerse and dive deeply in and ride the waves of all that arises requires courage. Make a commitment to yourself to progress, learn and move closer towards your goal. For more info contact Jennifer Kagan at firstname.lastname@example.org, 415 149-9668.
Jennifer Kagan, certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor (Jr 2), www.jenkagan.net