podcast ep 5: updating our yoga information

A conversation with dallas delahunt. You can listen right here, elsewhere in your browserGoogle Play, or in iTunes.


·      We routinely upgrade our yoga software with reading, classes and training

·      I’m going to suggest that new information is fantastic, when appropriately percolated on and synthesized

·      teach.yoga article on “At Risk of Oversharing” and incorporating new information into our teaching

·      It’s about how I used to spew newly acquired information on my classes and anyone who would listen, because when I first did my TT and began to update my information, I was at first struggling with cognitive dissonance

·      Cognitive dissonance is the discomfort of simultaneously holding two thoughts that are in conflict

·      I wanted to teach well, but sometimes information came up that I wasn’t teaching what was most healthful

·      I think it’s important to know that as beginner teachers, those of us with some fire in our personalities, want to be of service but we also want to be right

·      Studies have shown that intelligent people are more likely to maintain their current position in light of new information

·      Also, adhering to our positions charges us up positively, where going against our positions elevates our adrenaline (our energizing stress hormone)

·      Cognitive dissonance can be of great service to us. Want to be of service, want to teach healthful, helpful classes, but this piece of information no longer feels correct

·      Leads to evolution of our tools and presentation

·      10 years ago, there were fewer options for information tailored to yogic inquiry

·      The good thing about that is that it gave you time to learn to teach without the anxiety of the looming infinity of knowledge relevant to yoga

·      Need time to test through application, observe, and re-test

·      Vipaka 

·      Long time for digestion in Ayurveda 35 – 40 days

·      Our neurological maps adapt quite quickly, so you can derive neurological benefit from something like foot exercises quickly and improve balance

·      Musculature takes awhile to adapt, because we become good at what we do daily

·      Which means not learning something and immediately sharing it with your classes if you don’t fully understand it

·      The pressure to keep classes fresh largely stems from our personal fears about likeability

·      Sometimes we need to test the practice on a friend or family member before sharing widely, especially if we’re flexible/strong

·      We also have to take time to sift out what’s important in execution and what’s important context

·      For example, pigeon pose evolution (back bend ultimately, not bum stretch)

·      but how something is used is what it becomes

·      It’s legal to believe that yoga practices should include a healthful amount of backbending and development of thoracic spine extension and shoulder flexion, but pigeon pose may not be the best time to offload that information

·      Allow the information to shape how you facilitate rather than what you say

Better Living Through Cognitive Dissonance.

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