Hi, I'm Neil Keleher

I once got into an argument with someone on facebook about flopping the knees in bound angle (butterfly pose). She said "don't do it." I asked why? And that's how the argument started. It ended (as far as I know) with her telling me that I didn't wasn't concerned about my students safety. 

Actually I am concerned, but I think it is something that students should learn to develop for themselves.

As an example, when my daughter was young, I'd sit with her in the bath. I'd heard a lot of stories about infants drowning in very shallow water. Sitting with my daughter in the bath,  I'd teach her how to upright herself with me there watching. I never did leave her in the bath by herself but I wanted her to have the ability to right herself if for some reason I wasn't there.

In a similiar vein, when she got a bit older she'd developed the alarming habit of rolling off of the bed. Till that point she'd just lie there happily, looking at her fingers or whatever else was in front of her face. But once she started learning to roll, that was when the trouble started.

I didn't want to spend the money on guard rails for the bed. Instead, I taught her how to catch herself when she found herself rolling off of the bed. There was a lot of crying initially, but she soon got the hang of it and as a happy accident, actually ended up standing (while holding onto the side of the bed) for the first time.

Note that in contrast, when swimming a lot of people told me "just throw her in" she'll be all right. I couldn't do that. And so for the first two years, whenever we were at the pool I was always around her or keeping an eye out for her, until she learned to dunk her head underwater and hold her breath by herself.

(And that was a really cool experience, swimming underwater with my daughter and sharing the joy of that experience with her.)

As a yoga teacher I try to do the same thing. I try to give my students the skills and understanding (and experience) that they need so that they can operate safely without me. 

And I do that by teaching my students muscle control because muscles are the things that allow us to move our body (and stabilize it). and they are also what allow us to feel it.

And they are also what tells us, via pain or poor function, when something isn't right.

With my daughter I was dealing with very specific scenarios and teaching her within those scenarios how to stay safe.

With the body, the scenarious are infinite. And so what I have been working on are a set of principles to make it easier to know figure out how to deal with problems.

So these courses, the ones on body awareness, are about learning to feel and control your body, and at the same time developing an understanding of principles so that you can explore safely and problem solve effectively.

Note that it's not all about safety. It's about learning effectively and efficiently. (and that can apply to anything.)

The idea of learning the body in isolated parts (and then integrating those parts) is that you can apply that experience and understanding of the body (and the ability to feel it and control it) to anything that you do.
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