We have begun doing prescriptions. Muktamala gives us a patient’s age, sex, weight and height along with ailments and issues. Our job is to prescribe breathing, exercises and postures that address the ailments while avoiding any contraindications or injuries. We started with a relatively simple one, but now she is giving more elaborate and complex cases.
It is great practice in getting to know the exercises and postures from a different perspective. I am used to understanding everything from my own experience and sensation, but I am relatively healthy and uninjured. It is just as valuable to know the reasons NOT to do a posture as it is to know the reasons to do it. Developing a system of yoga for each individual case requires a lot of cross-checking of postures, comparing benefits to contraindications, the patient’s needs with their injuries or ailments. I find myself understanding the yoga from another angle.
This is the heart of Ghosh Yoga as passed down by Bishnu Charan Ghosh. Individualized therapy for every person, one on one.
This journal honors my ongoing experience with the practice, study and teaching of yoga.
1) Sridaiva Yoga: Good Intention But Imbalanced
2) Understanding Chair Posture
2) Why I Don't Use Sanskrit or Say Namaste
3) The Meaningless Drudgery of Physical Yoga
5) Beyond Bikram: Why This Is a Great Time For Ghosh Yoga