Internationally known yoga teacher, Jason Crandell makes time to answer a few questions from us here at Urban Yogi. I had the pleasure and privilege of chatting a bit with Jason, (one of my favourite yoga teachers) who is known for his skillful, grounded way of teaching vinyasa flow yoga. Jason Crandell, a San Francisco based teacher, holds regular classes there and conducts workshops and teacher trainings around the world. Together with his wife, they also manage JasonYoga.com with regular asana guides and podcasts on Yogaland.
In this 4-part interview, we ask Jason about all alignment, yoga as a physical practice and tackle a bit about all that affects the spirituality of the practice. Listen in to Part 1 of this interview.
NICA: In this modern day of vinyasa yoga, how important would you say it is for a new yogi to be concerned with alignment?
JASON: I’d say it’s extremely important because the alignment details ultimately make the physical demands of yoga more sustainable. So we’re asking our body to do a lot of different shapes and we’re asking our body to move through a lot of different positions. And some of the physical demands of the modern yoga practice are really quite challenging. And so even basic postures should be done with a high level biomechanical logic and sustainability and information. At the same time, beginning yogis shouldn’t be afraid that they’re going to hurt themselves if they’re going to make mistakes. So learning alignment, learning technique is a process. It takes time. And beginning yogis just have to trust that if something doesn’t feel good and doesn’t feel right that they have time to correct it. But you want to start your yoga path not being afraid of your path NOT being afraid of your body. You want to start your path trusting your body but also knowing that to do yoga well for a long period of time that alignement is going to help maximize the effectiveness of the poses and minimize some of the undesirable stresses of the poses.
You know that learning yoga takes a long period of time and it’s okay. And you don’t have to know every joint position and every muscular action on day one. You just have to know that you’re slowly and but surely learning those things and that it is important. So you don’t want to be afraid of yoga, you don’t want to be afraid of your body. Look, not using your body is way more dangerous than doing yoga, there’s no doubt about it…but, if you’re going to do yoga, then you wanna slowly but surely learn the details along the way without getting overly worried about them.