Yoga teaches me how to listen.....how to really listen. As I've mentioned before, I started yoga with a kundalini practice. In this type of class, your eyes are closed for most of the time which requires you to really listen to the teacher in order to know what to do.
After years of practice, I notice that I've become a better listener. I can close my eyes more often in a Hatha class than I could before, taking cues from the teacher, translating them into my body, which offers a deeper understanding of how my body moves.
I remember a cue from Jenn Wooten while in half-moon pose where she said to move my inner right thigh upward. I listened to her, did it, and she said 'yes'! It was a moment between teacher and student where we both understood something deeper than just a physical suggestion was made. I listened, and integrated her words into my body - now that's yoga!
As a teacher, I notice how dependent students are on physical cues. I try to demo less, but teaching at a studio where the classes are so large and students are so new, it's a challenge to guide only through vocal cues.
If you're new to yoga, or even a long-time practitioner, notice that listening is a huge component to the practice. Try to decrease your dependence on sight - looking at what the teacher or the person next to you is doing - and try to figure it out through the teacher's instruction. Close your eyes when you can and focus on listening.
This skill of listening will help you outside of the studio. It can even help you hear beyond words to the total message that someone is trying to communicate with you. You will become sensitive to tone and notice when someone is coming from a genuine versus manipulative place.
Listening will teach you to hear the most important voice of all, the voice inside yourself.
Hi! I'm Robin - Teacher, Singer, & Author. I love creativity & sharing what I love!