“If you expect success in yoga to come at a small price tag:
I had to look all over for that David Garrigues quote today.
I am also reflecting back on this post on pain:
David took a lot of flack over it.
Question from student last night:
“So was that class the normal expectation as far as flexibility…..”
And my mental state on that is one, what did I teach that made her think I was ‘expecting’ something, and then also equally number two, I do this with pain, in my knees, but I am looking past the expectations I have and towards the healing. Of whatever heals. I can’t necessarily pick what will heal.
I think that is what David is addressing. As a teacher you have students who do NOT want to come out of their comfort zone. Students have reservations about practice that reflect in themselves, not the practice such as pain, injuries, feeling inadequate, wanting to push themselves….it goes on and on. In no way was he suggesting pain, or any reservation, should be diminished. Sometimes we all sound like a broken record, even to ourselves. (I am only doing four navasanas today I am tired)
I talk a lot about comfort zones, because I resist getting stuck in one. If you are just moving from comfort zone into comfort zone, you will never be enlightened. You can make a lot of changes and still wind up with the same story or comfort zone.
It is like being an addict, you are always an addict, you just move into a new addiction.
The only thing you can change is conditioned behavior, which has to be RECOGNIZED. I feel David was saying he recognized the conditioned behavior pattern.
My conditioning reflecting my reaction as being first the ego coming out concerning my teaching and second, defensive, well I work though it, being pain or my insecurities or whatever label I have at the present time. As a teacher my job is to look out for the student first and foremost.
When a student says something that startles or surprises me, I look at my reaction as reflecting my conditioning. Why was I reactionary to her comment and how can I grow as a teacher from it.
Often the student is the teacher.