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Names DO Matter

Much as classroom yoga is intended to improve listening skills as we keep our eyes shut in an attempt to internalize our practice, until we are familiar with the instructor’s “mistakes”, it is a good idea to keep our eyes open and watch the demo (I believe this is called "visual capture"). This is an age where the word yoga has taken a ubiquitous entity of its own (referring to pranam asana as tadasana, or tuladandasana as virabhadra III…). John Jacob Jr. or George the V, I understand; virabhadra I, II, III, or surya namaskara A, B, C I do not. Imaginative as the names sound, let us choose to research various postures before going to class, so that when the instructor mentions one name but demonstrates another, at least we would have tried to keep up.

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