Bestselling author Josh Kaufman has something interesting to say about learning, and how to learn fast. For beginners to yoga, they might be intimidated by *everything* there is to learn, especially with words in a different language. Tadasana? What?
Kaufman breaks it all down, especially for those who are intimated by the learning process or by yoga. Here is a summary!
“The First 20 Hours: Chapter 4: Yoga
How to Learn Anything… FAST!
by Josh Kaufman, bestselling author of The Personal MBA
Summary: How I Learned Yoga / How YOU Can Learn Yoga
I acquired the necessary equipment: a mat, strap, and block.
I spent a few hours with an experienced instructor to learn the basics and correct major misconceptions.
I learned that yoga practice is focused on moving through poses while focusing on the breath.
I learned a basic vinyasa sequence of poses (the “Sun Salutation”), 10 common standing poses, and 10 common seated poses.
I learned basic breathing techniques (pranayama) that make it easier to stay focused on the breath while practicing.
I learned to prevent injury by paying attention to my body, modifying poses as necessary, avoiding over-extension, and avoiding unnecessary weight on the cervical spine.
I practiced until I was able to complete the sequence from memory, which takes around 25 minutes.
Sun Salutation, Boat, Bound Angle, Cat/Cow, Chair, Downward-Facing Dog, Extended Side Angle, Forward Bend, Mountain, One-Legged Forward Bend, Plank, Seated Forward Bend, Seated Spinal Twist, Seated Wide Bend, Shavasana, Staff, Tree, Triangle, Upward-Facing Dog, Warrior 1, Warrior 2, Warrior 3, Wheel, Wide Forward Bend”