the sense of the relative position of neighboring parts of the body
and strength of effort being employed in movement
Last week I shared a quick lesson from my psychology class about flow, today’s post comes to you from biology class!
In biology we’ve been discussing the nervous system and the senses and recently we talked about proprioception. Our teacher demonstrated the concept by having us hold our arms out to the side, close our eyes and then try to bring our fingers to touch in front of us. Then, we had to stand and balance on one foot, and then do it again, this time with our eyes closed. It’s so interesting how much our balance and sense of where our body is in space is affected by our vision!
Of course I was thinking about how this relates to yoga (because really, what do I NOT relate to running or yoga!)
The next day at yoga my wonderful teacher Gail came into the room and said to us, “I’d like to do something a little different today, but I want to make sure you’re all up for it…I want to do the entire class with your eyes closed, what do you think?”
(Seriously, doesn’t the timing of stuff like this just freak you out sometimes??!)
A few people in the class were skeptical, but I thought it sounded like an awesome idea! As a class we decided to give it a shot and I have to say it was (ironically!) one of the most enlightening practices I’ve had in awhile!
It was challenging and it forced you to really pay attention to your body as you moved into poses since you couldn’t rely on your vision, but at the same time it was interesting to realize that I could go through an entire 90 minute vinyasa yoga practice without it (albeit with a few more bobbles in my balancing poses!).
I absolutely loved the class and really learned a lot practicing from this different point of “view”.
I know my posts have been very yoga-centric recently…
more running coming soon though, promise!