Many people compare the Yoga teacher certification process to a big hurdle in life, but the day an intern receives his or her diploma, for teaching Yoga, is only the beginning of the journey.
The vestibular sense therefore has evident implications for the quality of those poses we might first think of as tricky balance postures - such as Tree Posture and Extended Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose (Utthita Hasta Padangustasana). It also determines those poses we know of as potentially restive and grounding as Mountain Posture, however. Regardless, according to this sequential developmental movement theory we develop this sense of balance as a last component of our overall and life-long movement “repertoire”, so to speak. We continue to improve upon it, however, or conversely lose some of our abilities within it, as the years go on. Yoga practice has strong potential to foster life-long growth within, and reduced losses of, our physical handling of this movement pattern. The same holds true for all of the patterns that set a foundation for it, as were previously described.
While yoga is often considered to be a way to heal, strengthen, and tone the body in preparation for fulfilling higher spiritual aspirations, it is also an excellent form of mental training. While there are specific yoga practices like Raj yoga focused on mental development, the fact is that all forms of yoga train the mind.
My yoga path is all-inclusive, as much as I teach I learn. I look forward to always gathering and utilizing connective practices (Ayurveda, mandala, chakra balance, singing bowls, etc.) to deepen my understanding, challenging myself and student to simply be your best you.
According to Duke Integrative Medicine in Durham, North Carolina, the quickest-growing segment of the American population consists of seniors over the age of 65, and many of these are turning to Yoga to stay mentally and physically fit. Considering the fact that statisticians expect the number of these seniors to double to 80 million by 2050, there is obviously a need for Yoga instructors trained to work with older students.