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The Yoga of Balance

Facilitating true balance in our students requires that we view each of them as individuals and provide instruction tailored to their conditions. Here's how to do this even in a crowded public class.

By Aadil Palkhivala


Through these methods, one student at a time, we can create an appropriate practice using breath, intention, and method, even though everyone in the class appears to be doing the same poses at the same time.

It is a cosmic principle that we either live in imbalance or act to create balance. Though we may be comfortable in imbalance (which we often perceive as balance), we cannot grow in such a state. It is through shining light on that which we are not—our opposite—that we illuminate the road to progress.

Recognized as one of the world's top yoga teachers, Aadil Palkhivala began studying yoga at the age of seven with B.K.S. Iyengar and was introduced to Sri Aurobindo's yoga three years later. He received the Advanced Yoga Teacher's Certificate at the age of 22 and is the founder-director of internationally renowned Yoga Centers in Bellevue, Washington. Aadil is also a federally certified Naturopath, a certified ayurveda">Ayurvedic Health Science Practitioner, a clinical hypnotherapist, a certified Shiatsu and Swedish bodywork therapist, a lawyer, and an internationally sponsored public speaker on the mind-body-energy connection.


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Chareita Smit, The Netherlands

Dear Mr. Aadil Palkhivala,
Thank you for the information given regarding the interaction between Yoga and Ayurveda. I always tell my students to stretch their spinal column within the natural curve and then to do all asanas.
Your tips regarding the dosha's I will certainly incorp in my classes as it makes sense and people do move accordig to their doshas.
I would love to see more of your writing in the Yoga Journal.

Note to the editor: I wouldn't mind to see more normal models (petite, chubby, old, male) than the average (skinny, female) models you use.

iyan Yaspriyana

Thank you Mr. Aadil Palkhivala, as a teacher I try to always remember to bring back the meaning of yoga, to my self specially. Your article open me more about Ayurveda, to aknowledge dosa type of my student. Thank you.
By the way, would you mind to ask Yoga Journal to to give bigger portion for men. Some time the cover, the model and the article. I would like to write about 'andropouse' or if some one write it, it would be very interesting for men.
namaste from bali

Raven taoTLC

Always beliving all yogas are one, I teach Taichi, Qigong and Internal alchemy. I run into students who love and hate what is offered. What guides me is internal and an unscripted way of teaching whoever is present in class. There are those like Pat Spallone who might be nervous about delving deeper into the guts of yoga. I teach the guts of Chinese Yoga and I know I can't always please all of the students all of the time, but I tell my students to translate into their own perceptions what I am offering so it doesn't break from their own boundaries. Nothing is assimillated fully in ONE lesson and often it takes hundreds and/ or thousands of lessons.

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