One Person Yoga Poses
I have been practicing yoga postures for 40 years and have spent a great deal of time in India studying yoga. Honestly, the only type of yoga pose I ever saw in India was with one person. Yes, nowadays there is a creation of something called “Acro Yoga” but this does not emanate out of India, this is an American offshoot where people perform poses together, not in unison but intertwined with each other.
Whether you are in a class or receiving a private lesson, easy or hard one person poses of yoga is all there is. In other words, it’s you feeling the way these poses feel on your body, and then according to the feel, partaking in these poses to the degree that feels personally right for you. These postures need to be discovered. What I mean is, everyday your body is responding to many things whether it’s muscular tension or high or low energy, age, injury, you even have weak days and strong days and of course loose days and tight days. So there needs to be some moments initially in each pose where you are feeling how your body is responding and then according to the response you determine the direction and quantity of the movement or pose.
Even if you pick easy one person yoga poses, it can be difficult. The reason is the most difficult part of any posture is quieting down our minds and tuning into our needs. This is the beginning of meditation when we quiet our minds and this is what is necessary to tune into what you are feeling so you can determine the correct degree to enter the pose.
So, regardless of whether it’s physically hard poses in yoga for one person or easy ones, the real challenge is acquiring and maintaining that meditative state. The reason is our greatest addiction is the place where our minds dwell and we all know it’s not easy to break addictions. You have probably heard the term “master of one’s mind”. This means being able to direct one’s mind instead of the mind wondering aimlessly of which it has become accustomed to doing.
Now, I really like the idea of kid one person poses of yoga because the earlier one starts this process called yoga the better. The longer one waits the more deeply our mental habit patterns become ingrained. It’s like the more one smokes cigarettes the more deeply the addiction becomes. So, the earlier we begin the easier this whole yoga process is.
I started this blog talking about easy poses in yoga for one person. I’m not sure but regardless, I’ve ended up addressing our mind state because ultimately that’s where this is headed. Even the American Medical Association is now telling us that most physical disease is coming from mental stress. So, truly if you want to be healthy we need to address our mind state. The yogis of old knew this which is why the largest factor in this practice is meditation.
So, whether you are interested in one person easy poses of yoga or difficult postures etc… Remember, it’s all difficult when starting to deal with the mind but the sooner the better, and let me tell you one last thing: IT’S WORTH IT!