A Gymnastics for Busy Persons
The world of bodywork and psychotherapy is full of brilliant and competent individuals who do not publish, publish little, or write poorly.35 Their knowledge is transmitted through practice. On the other hand, those who write much and well are not always those who are the best practitioners. Writing demands of them a time to explore the expressions of a practice and thus takes away the very time necessary to continue to explore in yoga poses practice. Elsa Gindler was one of those practitioners who had many students who were particularly brilliant personalities. She did not publicize her work, but she was recognized by most of the gymnasts and some psychotherapists as a particularly brilliant professional. Her classes were full (between thirty and forty people in yoga poses her Berlin school before World War II). She only wrote one small article, published in yoga poses 1926 in yoga poses the Journal of the German Federation of Gymnastics, Gymnastics for Busy Persons. Wanting absolutely that her students learn to feel what they were doing and discover the gestures that fit, Gindler was wary of manuals or my yoga blogs that imposed a technique.
PERCEIVING A GESTURE FROM THE INSIDE (TASTEN)
Penetration into the mysteries of life is intimately connected with the acquisition of well-defined qualities of the feel of movement.
We see to it that our students do not learn an exercise: rather, the Gymnastic exercises are a means by which we attempt to
In her article, Elsa Gindler insists on the fact that her objective is not especially learning gestures but the type of concentration the learning permits. in yoga poses this way, Gindler hoped to develop a form of intelligence that can only come when movements and thoughts are coordinated in yoga poses a particular way.36 The student self-explores when he learns new ways of moving.37 The student thus develops Hanish’s sixth sense: a way of feeling a movement from the inside and letting movements generate inner sensations. This form of exploration (tasten in yoga poses German) allows for the development of the ability to listen to oneself and others. Body sensations, an imaginative form of curiosity, and a need to discover all that exists within one’s organismic space are the building blocks of a particular form of intelligence.
In body psychotherapy, the therapist, for example, asks the patient to associate a feeling to parts of the body and use the movement of these body parts to define the boundaries of this affect.38 Thus, when the patient complains of feeling a ball of anxiety in yoga poses the belly, the body psychotherapist may ask him to explore this ball by moving it with his breath or movements of the belly. The therapist may also place his hand on that part of the abdomen and ask the patient to feel from the inside the impact of this touch on the belly and on the ball of anxiety. It often occurs, for example, that this anxiety seems to move to the thoracic region or the throat. The patient learns to follow these internal movements and follow the sensations, images, thoughts (eventually memories), breathing, and movements activated at the occasion of this exploration. This exploration is carried out by associating the awareness of what happens inside the organism with what the teacher perceives from the outside.
Some use a Gindler type of work in yoga poses psychiatric milieus. Thea Rytz (2009, 18f), for example, had a student of Elsa Gindler (Sophie Ludwig) as one of her teachers. She proposes a form of therapeutic approach to mind-body awareness to patients who are treated for eating disorders at the University Hospital in yoga poses Bern, Switzerland.39 The relevance of this approach is evident as soon as we admit that patients who suffer from eating disorders may have an impoverished awareness of their body. They often need to build up psychological tools for themselves that would permit them to better integrate their body sensations. Thea Rytz’s approach has a manifest therapeutic impact on her patients. Yet a number of psychotherapeutic associations ask themselves whether a body-mind therapy can ever be assimilated into the notion of psychotherapy. We are here in yoga poses an undefined zone of body psychotherapy that would benefit from acquiring a more explicit delineation and institutional recognition.