Should Your Yoga Postures Be Perfect?
- Does your performance of the posture need to be perfect?
- Does your performance of the breathing techniques need to be perfect?
- Does your performance of other yoga skills need to be perfect?
- Must you be ultra-flexible and twist yourself into a knot?
- Must you look glamorous like models in magazines?
- Must you be skinny?
Answers: No. No. No. No. No. No.
However, you must have a decent ability in whichever yoga skill you perform.
You should be able to hold your yoga postures comfortably for a minimum of 30 seconds.
More strenuous postures such as the Peacock pose should be held for at least 15 seconds.
Breathing exercises should be performed for 3 minutes.
Meditations should be spoken aloud with eyes closed for 5 minutes.
All other yoga techniques such as flow and movement should also be performed for at least 5 minutes.
The total length of your video should not exceed 30 minutes. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.
NAMES OF POSTURES
We understand that various traditions perform the asanas and other techniques slightly differently and sometimes use different names. Therefore we are not rigid about minor details such as finger placement and other variables. As long as your practice reflects our posture pictures overall, you will get certified for that posture. Take a look at various yoga postures and their names here.
Various medical studies show that it is not the "perfect" posture that leads to better health. More important is regular practice of the postures, breathing techniques, and meditations.
Authentic yoga is about personal growth at your own pace, according to your body type and age. More mature practitioners due to various factors may not be as flexible as younger yogis.
Indian history is replete with great yogis who were either young or aged, fit or disabled, male or female, queen or cobbler.
True yoga has never rejected genuine practitioners just because they could not twist into a pretzel or did not attend a certain yoga school or fit a glamorized body image.
Yoga is not so much about looking great but being healthy and feeling great.
Indeed, in ancient yoga texts such as the Hatha Pradipika, it is stated that if Siddhasana (accomplished pose) is known then no other yoga posture remains to be known! You DON’T have to be proficient in all of yoga’s postures, breathing techniques, or meditations to be a yogi. Explore more
Experience in just ONE yoga posture or other yogic practice is sufficient as the minimum requirement for RightYoga certification.
You are therefore welcome to apply for certification in just ONE asana, mudra, pranayama, chanting, or meditation etc.
You can also use props. Just remember to tick the box "Sopashreyasana" in the questionnaire.
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