Time has been flying by! This is already my second to last In-depth blog post! It’s crazy to think that I have been doing yoga for THREE MONTHS now. Even though I have learned a lot over the past three months, I still feel like I have so much more to learn!
Over the break there weren’t any Yoga classes with Shelley and unfortunately, this weeks class got cancelled. Even though I haven’t been to any proper yoga classes, I have tried to do yoga in my free time. I try to do 20 minutes of yoga at least twice a week where I incorporate new poses I have learned from my mentor Shelley, or new poses that I find online. One thing that Shelley introduced to our class was sun salutation. Sun salutation is a series of yoga poses that are preformed one after the other in a continuous and “flowing” sequence. She explained that there were many different variations of these sequences, which caught my attention. Over the break I experimented with different sequences and added different poses like pigeon pose and triangle pose in there.
Here is a video of one version of Sun Salutations: Beginners Yoga – Sun Salutations
Since I didn’t go to any yoga classes during spring break or last thursday, I tried to look for opportunities to do yoga. Yesterday I went to the School of Doodle Workshop in Vancouver, where they invited guest speakers and performers (Nazlie was one of them!). They had invitied Alex Mazerolle from Girlvana yoga to come and do simple poses and meditation! She talked about the different chakras of the body and the ones that get affected with anxiety (throat, heart,
and solar plexus which is basically the stomach). It was very interesting to see different perspectives on yoga and different reasons for doing yoga. By going to this event I immersed myself in a new experience that I wouldn’t have normally gone to, and learned about breathing, meditation, and even myself.
I am now going to answer the questions that Ms. Mulder has posted.
1. What kinds of learning opportunities does the mentor provide to expose you to new learning?
Shelley teaches a new style of yoga with every class which exposes me to different poses and techniques. By doing this she has broadened by yoga pose “vocabulary” and introduced me to a new way of moving and thinking.
2. What kinds of learning opportunities exist to reinforce new learning?
To reinforce my learning, I go online and watch videos created by yoga instructors which gives me the opportunity to learn from others, rather than just Shelley. This reinforces the techniques she teaches me aswell as the general knowledge on yoga that she provides with every class. Another thing I sometimes do is reading articles about yoga. This is the same idea as the videos, yet reading instead of listening.
3. What kinds of opportunities exist that might accelerate learning?
One thing I could do that would accelerate my learning is by practicing yoga on my own more. Instead of just doing it twice a week, I could do it maybe three or four times a week. This would give me the opportunity to “master” the basic skills so I could move on the to the more advanced concepts and poses quicker. Another thing I could do would be to learn more about yoga’s history and the different parts to yoga on my own. This would help me understand new concepts quicker by not having to ask what different things are.
4. When you get together what do you talk about?
Since it is a class, I don’t get a lot of time to talk to her one-on-one, and sometimes she doesn’t have a lot of time to talk afterwards. Saying this, I try to get most out of what she is saying during the class and the conversations we have before and after the class. Mainly we just talk about how I can improve and how to work with my knees that sometimes hurt. She gives me valuable tips and advice that help me out during the class and when I am on my own.
5. What is going particularly well in your mentoring relationship right now?
In our mentoring relationship I think we have both become really good listeners. Since I can’t directly talk to her during the class, I will try to pay attention to everything she is saying so I can talk to her about what she was saying at the end of class. When I do have questions or concerns, she always fully listens to me and helps me out in whatever way I can. For example, I told her my knee wasn’t feeling too great at the beginning of class a few weeks ago. She gave me a block to rest it on (instead of the hard floor) and gave me suggestions for what to do if it started to hurt, which really helped and my knee felt fine during the whole class. We are both continuing to develop our listening skills, which is also a really important part in mentorship.
6. What are you learning about each other?
We have learnt and are still continuing to learn what we are both interested and passionate about. We both have very busy schedules and have tried to include what we are passionate about into those schedules. I am learning that she uses yoga (even though it’s her job) as a way to relax after a long day, which is the same as me. With every conversation we learn something new about one another, and it helps develop our relationship.
That’s it for this blog post, next time I will try post a lot of photos (or maybe a video?) of me doing some poses. I will also include my ideas for learning centres (which we will have to present in less than two months!). Thanks for reading!