At the dawn of the development of yoga on the territory of the then Soviet Union, many future gurus of Russian yoga used the work of Enlightenment of Yoga as one of the primary sources, which contained illustrations of poses, including inverted ones, performed without a rug. As a result, among the first followers, the characteristic hump around his neck from long standing on a hard surface was fairly widespread. Then Iyengar himself revised his views in the direction of using a huge number of additional "accessories": bolsters, chairs, blankets, belts, ropes and other things. All this made being in a pose more comfortable and as a result became, so to speak, the firm reception of the Iyengar school. But what about the followers? The part accepted the teacher's vision, the part rethought its relation to the discomfort while in the pose, but it went a different way, considering that it was not necessary to have such a large number of devices. And some of them continue to force their bodies for a long time in conditions that are completely unbearable from the point of view of physiology, considering that only this is the real “training”!
Another example. Having nothing against running as one of the most accessible types of training, I want to remind you how much attention was paid to it both in the times of the Soviet Union and at a later time. And this applied to all athletes, regardless of specialization. But the number of kilometers traveled in sports that are directly related to running is a different story altogether. Our middle-class runners wound up to 3,400 km in a year - that is, almost 1,000 km more than their foreign counterparts, but they achieved less outstanding results. This example confirms that quantity does not always translate into quality. But not everyone is aware of this, therefore, in sports and fitness, fatigue is often considered the “measure of work”, sometimes bordering on a health hazard.
A few years ago, athletes who consider themselves to be healthy and wise with the experience of strength training, participated in an experiment to identify the effect of the Isoton system on the body. Before the start, I warned the guys: despite the fact that they will have to work with weights that are far from the maximum, the load on the body can be very serious, and it’s better not to violate the regime, as well as force yourself “without running in”. However, out of habit, the guys immediately began to squeeze out everything they could, and ... as a result, two cases of loss of consciousness were recorded - as it turned out later, amid a gross violation of the regime. In the end, everything worked out, everyone reached the finish line, and "Isoton" perfectly proved itself in a health training. And I hope that none of the participants in that experiment will no longer, by foolishness, put their health at undue risk.
In the process of training, your active participation and awareness are very important. Even the wisest instructor is unlikely to be able to make a lesson effective and safe if you turn the training into stupid repetition, learning and self-abuse. Although this is my personal opinion, and perhaps someone will disagree with him.
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