The body shows a reluctance to just do THIS—as instructed in the here and now—without drifting into habit or ingrained action…
It was unconscious on my part. But amazing how the body “speaks” nonetheless. As it happens—a too-great (and not-nuanced-enough) emphasis on concave action is part of what I am trying to look at in my own practice and in my psyche and my approach. It goes to issues of power, studentship, trying to do the “right” thing, of overdoing, and not “sensing” my own physical needs enough… Incredible the way the body reveals this reflex even with my intending to…
Suzanne – Certified Teacher from East Coast Yoga. Shared from an instagram post with permission. Find Suzanne on instagram here.
‘I feel uplifted by attending Gulnaaz’s classes and being taken back to Pune with her dynamic on point style, so reminiscent of beloved Geetaji.’
Sonali- Trainee Teacher
Gulnaaz Dashti’s workshop happened over 4 days in the second week of May. And I feel absolutely fortunate and delighted in having attended it. I have been practising Iyengar Yoga for the last 3 years, out of which one year was in Pune attending Gulnaaz’s classes. So when I enrolled myself for the workshop, I knew exactly that I was going to experience a yoga practice full of energy and vigour. And this is exactly how it turned out to be, and much more! I say ‘much more’ because while the workshop was mainly about yoga asanas, it was also about honouring Guruji’s lifetime of work. In every instruction of Gulnaaz, there was a reiteration of Guruji’s own experience and evolution as a yoga practitioner. By the end of the workshop, I was left with a very warm feeling in my heart that Guruji still lives on through each and every teacher or student he taught.
As a teacher, Gulnaaz was crystal clear and firm with her instructions. Her energy and enthusiasm was totally infectious. With a group that consisted of both students and practitioners, she consistently managed to maintain a balance between testing the potential of our bodies and yet respecting the boundaries that each one of us had. Throughout the workshop, her effort was on assisting us to explore and become more aware of our own bodies resulting in an asana practice which was far more conscious. Her constant emphasis on the fact that yoga asanas not only involve the physical body but also an alert mind perfectly amalgamated yoga practice and philosophy thus making it amply clear that both these aspects are two sides of the same coin. Finally, when the workshop came to an end. although I left the MYC premises physically tired, I felt extremely aware, alert and energised psychologically. Thank you so much Gulnaaz for your inexhaustible enthusiasm ’til the last minute of the workshop, and all the knowledge that you shared with us!
Margi – Certified Teacher from Tasmania
Thank you to Marrickville Yoga for bringing us Gulnaaz and a taste of teaching from India. I found her teaching direct, inclusive and thoughtful. Over the four days my body discovered a ‘half-way’ pose or an intermediate step was actually a new horizon in itself with plenty to explore, adjust and refine. Gulnaaz’s teachings in these intermediate poses with attention on our arms and legs, allowed me to see how moving straight to the full poses I miss an opportunity for a new felt experience – which brought a clarity and refinement to the full pose – previously absent. I came home feeling I had more access to my spine and a general a feeling of being ‘woken up’.
Gulnaaz like Marrickville Yoga was friendly and generous in her teaching. A space was created for me to explore more of who I am expanding my capacity to stay present to unfamiliar sensations.
Much gratitude and appreciation to our yoga community.
Michael Egan – Long term student at MYC.