feeling versus force

feeling versus force

I’m always happy to see an article from Aadil Palkhivala featured in Yoga Journal.  The latest My Yoga Mentor newsletter from YogaJournal.com had this article from Aadil discussing the why and the how of teaching students to work from feeling rather than force.

As teachers, everything we do propagates quickly because we influence so many other people. As we help our students to feel, as we influence individuals in a positive way, we start to change communities, countries, and the course of events. Our job, though apparently small, affects all that there is. Our bigger purpose is to cultivate world peace one student at a time. This begins with the development of sensitivity and feeling, and the ending of force. To truly make progress, to overcome the obstacles on the yoga path, our students must transform their habitual mannerisms of force and violence and discover the humanity of sensitivity, awareness, and feeling. Then, their practice will be more serene, their society more harmonious, and the world more at peace.

“Force vs. Feeling,” Aadil Palkhivala for YogaJournal.com

Letitia Walker

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