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Going Deeper Into a Pose? Or Going Off the Deep End?
Posted By Jill Miller On October 5, 2011 @ 12:36 pm In Fitness, Yoga | 4 Comments
Have you ever wondered what your yoga teacher means when she instructs you to “go deeper into the pose?” What exactly does this cue mean? Let’s say you’ve been holding the pose for a while, and are already shaking and trembling . Then instead of calling out a new pose , your teacher calls out “drop deeper into the pose!” You summon the courage to try it … but you aren’t exactly sure how, or what component of the pose needs further deepening.
As a teacher and a teacher trainer  with more than 25 years of experience, I have seen my fair share of confused yoga students interpreting this cue in myriad ways:
Looking at the “go deeper” interpretations above, let’s reason with them in depth.
So rather than risking a strained muscle from over-stretching , drowning in a pool of sweat from overdoing it, or zoning out during our practice, we can repurpose “go deeper” to make it meaningful and specific every time we hear it.
Why not try “going deeper” into your awareness ? What I mean by this is to develop a penetrating inner gaze. Cycle your mind through every aspect of what you are currently aware of, and become both a participant and an observer to your practice. When you deepen your awareness, you will become richly present with the sensations in your joints, soft tissues, heart and mind and be able to make choices within the context of your practice. You develop a keen sense of proprioception, knowing exactly where all the parts of your body are in the moment. My anatomy mentor Gil Hedley  refers to this as being a somanaut, a word he coined to describe one who navigates the inner space of the body.
Deepening your awareness will bring more intelligence to your practice  and provide you with the specific information that will improve your connection to all parts of yourself. Practicing awareness will also deepen your relationship to your behavior in the world off the mat.
May your awareness expand upon itself and sustain your depth of practice.
I bow deeply, Namaste.
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 already shaking and trembling: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/dancing-warrior-a-humble-yoga-sequence-teaches-strength/
 new pose: http://life.gaiam.com/article/10-essential-yoga-poses-how-video-rodney-yee
 teacher trainer: http://www.yogatuneup.com/yoga-teacher-training
 flexibility edge: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/loosen-up-how-to-stretch-your-way-to-flexibility/
 legitimate “edge,”: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/is-your-flexibility-a-liability-pnf-stretching-can-help/
 even too injured: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/when-yoga-hurts/
 over-stretching: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/is-too-much-stretching-bad-for-you-one-yogini%E2%80%99s-story-from-floppy-to-fit/
 Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Jill-Miller-Side-Bend.jpg
 awareness: http://life.gaiam.com/article/power-present
 anatomy mentor Gil Hedley: http://gilhedley.com/
 bring more intelligence to your practice: http://life.gaiam.com/article/5-ways-evolve-your-yoga-practice-qa-rodney-yee
 Work out with Jill: http://www.gaiamtv.com/tv/yoga-weight-loss-kit?chan=GaiamLife&utm_source=GaiamLife&utm_medium=Web&utm_campaign=10day
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