The Gift Manifesto
( or simple FAQ sheet )
After years of practice and study, I'm ready to share some of my knowledge and experience with others and this is the place to to do that.
Me and my ideas and my knowledge, are in a state of constant evolution.
This page is a place for me to share, edit and clarify.
I'm call it the GIFT manifesto. Enjoy
If you don't see your question answered here, contact me.
What is GIFT?
Gift yoga, or simply GIFT, is a platform and a space I’m creating
to share my love of yoga and other healthy practices.
The name GIFT comes from my Chinese name 李悟 （leeWu)
which woulds like "gift" in Chinese but means something deeper.
Why student training courses?
Before I started practicing yoga, I became interested in it.
My interest came from a desire to gain some flexibility,
correct my posture, and find some mental peace.
My first class experience wasn't good. I had no idea what was going on. The room was packed full of flexible woman. An attempt by the teacher to adjust me in a simple pose caused a lot of pain.
I left feeling mostly embarrassed and angry. And I never went back.
I did eventually find my way and develop a strong practice. But I've always wished classes could be developed to better introduce and help train students like me enter the world of yoga, without pain, discomfort or any feeling of embarrassment.
This why I'm attempting to develop a new way to introduce and teach yoga.
Yoga is a skill based activity. Unlike things like running or cycling, there really is a lot to learn. And it’s tremendously hard to do that efficiently in most classroom settings.
After taking a student training course, you will not only know how to correctly perform postures, but have an understanding as to why we do the postures and what benefits they bring the body and mind. You will be able to join a class or practice on your own without feeling lost or confused.
What is a practice vs. a class?
Most people join a yoga class, and there are many benefits to joining a class.
But I also love the relative silence and focus of my own personal practices. I’d like to create something that is more like a group practice experience, with only subtle cues and guidance from a teacher. After taking a training course, students can join me for practices.
Why should I practice here
instead of at a studio or at home?
Practicing in a studio is a great idea. I do it regularly. Practicing at home is great as well, and I do that regularly too. What I'm offering in something in-between. Small, private group classes with more individual attention.
Why only 3 or 4 people?
In the distant past, students had a guru, who would teach them one-on-one. These days most people can’t afford to study yoga perpetually one-on-one. Private group classes are the next best thing.
What is yoga to you?
Yoga is medicine. It’s about improving health, learning to become more aware of the body and breath and dealing with the reality of life. Life can be difficult. A good yoga practice can help you learn to deal with the challenges of life and see yourself and others in completely new ways.
Is some yoga better than other yoga?
Yes and no. There are many people in the world—and yoga world—who believe there are clear rights and wrongs. There are those who feel strongly that yoga should be ‘about’ this or ‘about' that. I’m probably one of those people to some extent. However, I do feel a lot of that depends on what you are looking for and why. Nobody needs to do yoga to be healthy. But you can. And how you do it will impact what you get from it.
Any books you recommend reading?
Yes, there are two books that should be required reading for anyone interested in yoga, practicing yoga, or engaging in yoga conversation. These two books alone shed a lot of light on the history and science of yoga, and will ensure you have a better understanding of what is being talked about should you find yourself in a ‘yogic’ conversation with others.
If you like what I'm doing here, I'd encourage you to send me a message on my contact form, which will essentially add you to my list, and I will include you in updates.
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