I received an e-mail yesterday about what is MBT. I decided to write a blog on it because I find it very beneficial as a form of yoga and therapy. The description as published by the studio where we do MBT states the following:
This class encourages stillness within the physical body, deepening of the breath, and a quiet mind. Linking fluidity, inward exploration pauses, positive reinforcement, challenging mind, body and breath, yet completely personalized and manageable at the same time makes a MY Therapy class the most inexpensive therapy for mind and body one can buy in today’s world. Hourglass timers MAY join us in challenge; offering an encouragement of focus, stillness, and patience. Add to this a sprinkling of fluidity and step into a place of balance; mind, body, and soul. Expect the flavor of Yin frosted with Vinyasa.
Here is my interpretation of this class. With most yoga classes I have been to that are flow based the more people in the class the faster the flow seems to go. I find I’m not exactly breathing in time with my sun salutation and just trying to stay with the class so we are all in downward facing dog and other posturers together. However, if you notice the better yogi’s tend to move slower almost in a slow motion form so they can truly feel every ounce of what is happening in their bodies.
This class tends to be smaller and the people there are encouraged to really slow way down and feel every move, every opening, every twitch, and every edge. As we flow slowly she will also throw yin type postures into the mix. Yin is typically done on the floor as a great hip opener but triangle is also an incredible hip opening posture so if you stay there a while and feel it you can see your edges and may or maybe not push through. Staying in these types of postures is very challenging and fatiguing for the body but it also makes you very aware quickly what your limits are and allows you to decide where to take those limits.
I feel a huge sense of accomplishment when I know I have stayed in a posture like triangle for several minutes and just breathe through the fatigue, discomfort, and the worry that I might fall out. If I do then I clearly need a break and can go back to it again in a breath or two which is all part of listening to what the body needs. This type of class is also done mostly with your eyes closed if you have the balance which is a way of not seeing what others around you are doing. If you don’t know what your neighbors are doing you don’t feel compelled to keep up.
Yin is very much like that as well where you don’t worry what others are doing and often our instructor will comment that she expects to see us all in different forms of the posture because we all have different bodies, challenges, limitations and degrees of flexibility. She would be worried if she looked up and we were mirror images of each other. MBT follows that same theme.