Depending on the yoga lineage your practice follows, physical alignment is afforded varying degrees of importance. For some, it is everything. For others, it has vague relevance. Most will agree that it is the foundation on which we build a practice. Yoga is the language. Alignment is the grammar. It is a bit like learning Latin. We learn the rules and through the application of those rules we have the basics to learn many languages. Alignment principles apply to all types of yoga, whatever its origin. But there comes a time which things need to become more fluent with less thinking. More fluid. Yoga isn't meant to be rigid. When you think of an infant brain, a baby learns language through immersion. Through experience. Through the realisation that there are many different ways to communicate a common idea. Children do not deconstruct and reconstruct sentences when learning to speak. They absorb and organically start to express themselves. The rules are learned through doing. To speak the language of yoga fluently maybe we should stop looking at it with an adult brain. We put too much emphasis on the rules and less on the freedom of expression that the physical practice affords us. It becomes too intellectual. Yoga should be about doing, living, being. You do not have to be a professor of linguistics to speak a language fluently. Grammar is important but do we really need to able deconstruct and label every part of a sentence in order to speak? Sometimes we just need to listen and respond. Making yourself understood is enough. With understanding comes fluency.
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