CHANGE

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Blog | 2 comments

CHANGE
 

There have been a lot of changes in the Salt Lake City yoga community over the past year or two.  Some studios have closed and others have opened.  Some long-time and much loved yoga teachers were drawn to make personal changes and either left the area or chose to take a break from teaching.  New yoga instructors continue to appear as many local training programs attract and graduate their students.  

A number of questions came to mind as a result of the changes described above.  For example:  Where do I want to practice yoga and with whom?  Would a more vigorous asana practice serve me or is there a more benefit in focusing on pranayama and meditation?  Do I need to or even want to practice asana at a studio?   I realized that each question represented an opportunity to choose a different experience.  I might not have considered these opportunities for changing my experience if those external changes hadn’t occurred.  

A lot of what we do when we practice yoga is gather in a large room with other people and with the help of an instructor, challenge ourselves to do things that we were previously unable to do.  The emphasis often seems to be on techniques that affect the physical body.  But the process of challenging the body also requires a degree of mental focus, and the will to remain calm and find a level of inner stillness even when we experience discomfort.  So, mental and emotional effects and changes in how we experience discomfort are also likely to occur.  And that’s one of the greatest  benefits of yoga – recognizing the opportunity to change our inner experience and then changing it if we choose to.

Rolf received his yoga training from The Integrated School of Yoga where he learned to teach several yoga styles He especially likes teaching classes in which students are encouraged to relax into the poses with a meditative awareness of their movements. A common goal for each of his classes is to communicate the “spirit of yoga” by engaging body, mind and breath and feeling their interconnectedness. Rolf is registered with the International Yoga Federation.

2 Comments

  1. Kimberly

    I AGREE ROLF. OUR PRACTICE DOES NOT NEED TO BE SET IN STONE BUT RATHER EVOLVE WITH OUR NEEDS AND UNDERSTANDING. THANK YOU FOR SHARING.

  2. I have found that while undergoing life changes, yoga practice was a constant I could count on to center me. Having to change locations and teachers still brought me the opportunity to practice my own “practice.” Now an injury has kept me away for a couple of months and I’m missing that centering influence. But reading your comments keeps it in my head.
    Thanks.

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