• Our Brain

    Why Variety in Yoga is Important

    Recently I was in a yoga class when we reached the backbending sequence. The instructor then stated, ‘We’re going to do three backbends now. My teacher always does three, so that’s just the way it is.’ Visions of my initiation arose: the mandatory three bridges or wheels that marked the beginning of the ending of class. Somewhere along the line ‘three’ became the rule; many Hatha and Vinyasa teachers have stuck with it, as if mandated in the Sutras. There’s nothing wrong with respecting your teacher or having a foundation. What concerns me is the dogmatism that sometimes infects instructors and students. The physicality that has emerged as the focal…