Things Change. Everything evolves.
My practice and teaching has changed so much over the past decade. The teaching always stems from my own practice otherwise it feels disingenuous. What you need at 25 is very different to what you need at 35 so it makes sense that what I teach and how I teach has evolved.
What has changed?
My asana teaching is more about structure, stability and longevity than continuous flow. I still flow a little. But I need the time to refine and slow down. I embraced the idea conforming to an archetype rather than always making it personal. This approach has been transformational. I have changed. This method is achieved through facilitation not force. When the body changes, the mind changes. There is no division. For the longest time I was playing to my physical strengths and they eventually became my weak points. All of the niggly injuries have gone. Completely.
I don't do as much yin yoga anymore. I found it created chronic instability in my pelvic area which was exasperated by pregnancy. I have pretty good body awareness and I can tune into sensation and can refine the intensity of the pose but it just doesn't work for me anymore. On an energetic and meditative level yin certainly has its benefits but the negative physical impact was starting to outweigh the benefits. Yoga is about balance and the yin practice despite my concurrent yang practices was pushing me too far off centre.
I have learned the beauty of letting the work speak for itself. I usually bring a theme into my classes but sometimes trying to manufacture an outcome is counterproductive. Just doing the doing and refining and developing technique is far more cathartic than working backwards from a idealised outcome. The inner teacher comes to the fore when the focus is embodiment, precision and awareness.
You don't know what you don't know until you do. With new information you realise where the gaps were. Scientific knowledge on the body and the effect that yoga and meditation has on the brain evolves everyday. Teaching has to evolve. Nothing stays static.
Breathwork is the key to everything.
And not everyone likes change but that is part of life.