What Yoga Reminded Me About Teaching This Game

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yoga-baldwin

I started practicing yoga 4-6 days a week before I moved to Los Angeles back in November 2014. And, I loved the classes. They were challenging and invigorating. So when I moved to Los Angeles I was looking for the same type of class.  Unfortunately, I didn’t find it.

What I didn’t realize was that I was looking for the wrong thing. While the classes I took in Milwaukee might have been more challenging, they weren’t necessarily what was best for me.  I originally thought the classes in Los Angeles were “too easy”. They were too simple. Only to realize after about a month in a new studio that I had it all wrong.  It wasn’t about how physically demanding the class was. It was about doing the asanas (poses) correctly and hitting all of the teaching points.  It taught me to be even more detailed and focus on doing the asanas with correct form/technique instead of just choosing the most physically demanding practice. And, more importantly, until I mastered the simple, foundational asanas I’d never be able to move on to a more challenging practice.

What does this have to do with basketball?

1. It’s not all about the sweat. You can work really hard and go through a physically demanding workout, but you might not be actually getting better.

2. If you’ve been to one of our camps in the past, there is an extremely good chance that you’ve only scratched the surface of actually understanding the details of what we teach. It simply takes time and a deeper experience.

3. You can only focus on one thing at a time. If you’re trying to focus on 4 teaching points you’re not doing any of them well. (See point 2 above)

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