A mirror neuron is a neuron that fires both when an animal acts and when the animal observes the same action performed by another.Thus, the neuron “mirrors” the behaviour of the other, as though the observer were itself acting.
As most yoga teachers and students already know, our practice begins long before we ever step on the mat. My dear friend and fellow Yoga Tune Up® teacher Ariel Kiley gives a detailed insight as to just how much of our practice begins just by setting foot in the asana room…
“While each individual body may have unique needs, it is reassuring to know that the attitude you bring as a teacher will resonate across the board. As each student soaks up an alternative, positive attitude toward a student’s physical ailment, they immediately mirror it, and their energy begins to shift. As with Fran, they become more settled, relaxed, open and warm. The combined energy of the group can enhance this “vibe”, finding lightness and humor while experimenting with different techniques to facilitate healthy transformation in damaged or compromised tissue. Whether or not the individual symptoms subside, the experience of being in a space where the students feel safe and cared for can go a long way toward relieving their discomfort.” – Ariel Kiley in Yoganonymous
Read the full article here.