Who remembers MacGyver? Played by Richard Dean Anderson, MacGyver was a brilliant secret agent who was famous for being resourceful, and using all tools at his disposal to make the most of a situation.
I really only saw MacGyver a couple times as a kid. Recently I stumbled upon MacGyver on Netflix, and I’ll admit…it sucked me in. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to make the most of every situation that comes your way? Or every yoga pose? Even if it’s one you can’t master? I think so.
Luckily with a little guidance you too can become the MacGyver of yoga. Here are 5 tips to help.
MacGyver was always paying attention to what people were saying, and because of this, he avoided making some pretty serious mistakes. Make sure you’re always listening to your yoga instructor and paying careful attention to any contraindications the teacher is warning you about. This will help protect you from injury.
Timing. Is. Everything. Like MacGyver would expertly time his hastily made incendiary device, you can make sure your asanas are most effective by paying attention to your timing. Make sure you’re breathing, and moving at the right time. If you’re moving so rapidly you cannot catch your breath, slow it down a beat. This will ensure you’re getting the biggest bang for your yoga buck. Executing each pose properly will be much more rewarding than being winded.
MacGyver was not too proud to avoid using tools. Tools have a purpose. And that’s exactly what yoga props are: tools. Yes, they may “prop you up” but props are really tools to make sure you’re doing the yoga pose to the best of your ability.
If you’re having a hard time reaching the ground in Triangle, or having a hard time reaching your chin to your knees in Seated Forward Bend, make use of your yoga tools.
MacGyver knows monitoring is essential. He knows nothing can be proven (or tracked) without evidence. Apply this to your yoga practice. Start monitoring your yoga practice with a yoga journal or even by uploading pictures to your Instagram account.
Once you know where you’re starting from, you can improve. It’s rewarding to look back at a year of yoga pictures and see that your down dog is deeper.
A good secret agent never stops learning, and if you want to become a yoga master, you can’t either. Meet other yogis. Talk to them, and find out what their secrets are. Take a different yoga class than you’re used to.
Learn what that style might have to offer you. Subscribe to a yoga teacher you’ve never heard of on YouTube. When you have information at your finger tips, you’ll be amazed at how much you can advance your practice.