Despite the fact that our world has two sides – masculine and feminine, the masculine view of things from ancient times is considered more correct. Compare male and female logic. Which of the concepts do you think makes a lot of jokes?
A similar situation exists in yoga. Most masters are men, and women are most often novices who study with men.
Surely, many women at the beginning of acquaintance with yoga would like to meet a woman teacher who could teach all the tricks of this wonderful practice. But most often women are taught by men. And over time, the first ones begin to understand that, along with the experience of practice, male qualities accumulate inside. And sometimes the masculine even prevails over the natural “feminine” inner world.
For some time, this state of affairs can suit women and even cause delight. But since women came to the world as a woman, then maybe there is a female path of development in yoga?
Let’s try to figure out how the female path in yoga can differ from the male one?
At present, hatha yoga is presented as a holistic training and has, to a greater extent, the masculine quality of strength. Therefore, women who practice hatha yoga, following all the instructions of a male teacher, sooner or later begin to feel the exhaustion of male energy within themselves.
The task of the female path of practice is to preserve and preserve the accumulated, and not to work with the limit or with a challenge to oneself. It makes no sense for a long time in complex asanas, which are performed with difficulty and cause physical discomfort. It is better to fix simple basic postures for a longer time and gently move towards complex poses. At the initial stage, only repeating again and again the inputs and outputs of the pose. Without any fixation.
The founder of Yoga 23 A. Sidersky wrote: “… a man is a point, and a woman is a stream.” Therefore, soft “flowing” into the asana and “flowing out” of it is more important. Such smoothness adds feminine strength, the energy of “tha”, and a long fixation – the retention of masculine “ha.”