We - you and me and all of us - are unwitting zombies. We look down all the time. Like ALL the time - at the ground, and most especially at our devices. But good news! The apocalypse isn't here yet and you can actually learn to look up when you walk. It's not as easy as it sounds though. I tried it...
One of the (many) things I love about leading yoga teacher trainings is the interesting conversations that come up.
For example, this weekend gone, we talked about the difference between movement and yoga, and at what point can you call yourself a yoga teacher.
Is it when you teach a certain set of positions or movements? Is it when you can perform a certain set of poses? Maybe when you’ve mastered the ancient philosophy?
I have just read this book. I’m not even going to mention the title because I’m fairly convinced it’s the most awful yoga book I’ve ever read.
Why you ask? The shoulds.
In therapy, there is this term: ‘negging’. It refers to making someone feel bad about themselves so they will do what you want.
I counted the word shouldTWO HUNDREDtimes in a book that barely made 300 pages, including the foreword, introduction, and title spacer pages. This was a huge red flag that negging was going on - as yoga teacher Cora Wen says,
‘Everything after ‘should’ is just violence.’
If you habitually have your scapulae in any given position, it starts to feel like that is neutral and so you lose the ability to tell where your shoulders really are in space.
Which means, when doing yoga and bearing weight through your hands and arms, you will tend to line your hands up under where you THINK your shoulderblades are. And that is a cause of wrist pain.