19 Feb No Wrong Way to Do It
I went to a yoga class the other day and the teacher kept saying “There’s no wrong way to do it” throughout the class. My skeptical, analytical, mind kept saying “I don’t think that’s right.” (My mind does that far too often, in many cases simply because of it’s learned tendency to question everything and everyone. But that’s a topic for another day.)
While there’s no wrong way to eat a Reese’s, I think in most other situations there are ways to do things that are wrong. I base this belief on the fact that the way I learn, for the most part, is based on doing things wrong in the first place. As if I have to make certain by trying the way that does not work, even if I’ve been told by multiple people that that way does not work.
I’m sure this teacher said this to make everyone comfortable and hopefully able to accept wherever their body was that day without the need to push themselves too far or expect too much. But for me, these types of statements promote a mindset that I don’t agree with (which you probably already know if you’ve read my other blog posts).
There’s no one right way
I think a more accurate statement would be “There’s no one right way.” And even that statement may not always be appropriate. In yoga there a numerous modifications for poses because there are innumerable body configurations. So there is no one right way to do yoga postures.
On the other hand there are a number of wrong ways to get into, or perform, any particular asana. Most of the wrong ways will cause pain or issues over time, and not necessarily hurt someone right away. I’ve been to a number of classes where the teacher is just running people through without giving cues or modifications that would keep everyone safe.
Now, I know this is difficult while teaching. Every class there are new people, everyone’s at different levels of skill and experience. Knowing what they’re familiar with, and most importantly, how in touch with their body they are, is almost impossible. You have to take in a lot of information which makes it difficult to catch any issues that need correcting in a person’s body.
This is why I typically teach to the lowest common denominator, and giving numerous modifications and cues for proper alignment. Some people don’t like this because they’ve heard it all before or just want someone to take them through a flow of postures.
Of course I think this carries over to life in general. Different strokes for different folks, but there are indeed wrong strokes.
So, is there room for improvement in your daily routine? Saying something is wrong can be harsh, but is there anything you do in your life that could be changed or replaced with something better, or simply discarded?
Until next time, may we be open and receptive to our highest good,
Props are always useful, and second to a foam block for me is a blanket. Useful under the knees, or in modifications for Savasana, I highly recommend one or two cotton blankets.