Have you ever looked at someone doing yoga and thought they were born that bendy and that’s why they are able to do yoga?
Research and a recent book by Malcolm Gladwell assert that even people who we think of as ‘clever’ or ‘gifted’ have only got to their level of achievement because they have been putting in the hours, day in, day out.
Neurologist Daniel Levitin says “the emerging picture from such studies is that 10,000 hours of practice is required to achieve the level of mastery associated with being a world-class expert-in anything. In study after study, of composers, basketball players, fiction writers, ice skaters, concert pianists, chess players, master criminals, and what have you, this number comes up again and again… No one has yet found a case in which true world-class expertise was accomplished in less time..”
However, in his book Deceived Wisdom, David Bradley disagrees saying it was based on research by psychologist Anders Ericsson of Florida State University who never mentioned it. Bradley maintains “It (practice) can make you perfectly competent – but not necessarily excellent”.
Nevertheless if we want to progress and develop in body, mind and spirit through yoga, as with anything, putting in the practice means we reap rewards and create a healthy discipline in our lives. I don’t agree with Huffington Post writer, Kino MacGregor’s single-minded view that we have to keep going back to the mat in order to practise. There are many other ways to practise yoga too, especially if we are not so physically flexible and strong. The following are just a few:
– bringing the attention to the breath,
– feeling the feet on the ground, and our posture, as we stand and walk,
– listening to someone with complete attention
– treating ourselves and others with ‘ahimsa’ (non violence)
If you’d like to know more, read the article in the Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kino-macgregor/yoga-practice_b_2870247.html or put in the hours and read the books!
Desk workers’ 9 to 5 – Restore and Revive! Eliminate neck, shoulder and back ache.
Sunday 17th March 2 -5.30pm
Do you sit at a desk for hours, hunched over the computer? Does neck pain, back ache or headaches make you miserable? Do you suffer from stress and find it difficult to relax?
Learn techniques to use at work to eliminate those aches and pains. Sink into that perfect stretch and safely ease out tensions. Before you know it, you’ll be sitting upright and your body breathing a thank you…it’s at ease again.
Book and find out more by contacting Sian on firstname.lastname@example.org.
£25 per person or take advantage of our bring a friend offer at £20 each.
On Wednesdays from 10th April a new class will start at the beautiful Redwick Village Hall, near Magor, at 10 – 11.30am.
6 week course beginning with a free taster session to help those who have no experience of yoga to decide if it’s right for them and give an incentive to those who want to sign up straight away.
Focusing on simple, safe and effective yoga to tone and relax, the yoga sessions will….
|Strengthen your back & abdominals
Improve posture & balance
Strengthen joints & muscles
|Improve your wellbeing
Relax, de-stress & calm the mind
To book or to ask for further details leave a ’comment’ below for Sian or call –
0787 257 1934 or 01291 630188