In her daily classes Maria is known for her mindful approach to the self-practice of yoga. She empowers students to find their own practice while giving them the support and feedback necessary for the cultivation of internal and external alignment.
At that point, the conversation stopped.
Part of my job as a yoga teacher is to pick up on resistance in my students. Resistance is a fancy way of saying fear. I’m no stranger to fear and for a long time I didn’t think I had any; instead, I thought I was smart, or worse yet, I believed it was my intuition telling me something was right or wrong for me. It has taken me years of consistent yoga practice, years of studying Oriental medicine, and years of working with my teacher George Falcon to start to recognize the different between my intellect, subconscious, and intuition.
I see the faces of my yoga students and when I adjust them physically in asanas I can get a pretty good sense of whether they are open to receive an adjustment or, if for whatever reason, they are not. I always respect where they are at because I would never impose an agenda. All I can do is try to empower those I’m assisting to make the best choice they can from the most honest place they can find at the time.
Many times, things won’t feel right when we’re on our path, and they certainly will not always make sense to the intellect. If you are accustomed to being a certain way in the world and responding to situations in a certain way, then of course changing those behaviors is going to feel quite wrong. Next time before we respond with “that doesn’t resonate with me” or a strong emotion, we can take a step back and focus on the breath until the emotion which is causing the resistance fades. This will help break the pattern that is keeping us from responding from a more truthful place. The key is to notice emotions as they come up and not validate them with an explanation for why we have those emotions, an explanation that comes from the intellect.
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