Workshop with Bob Cooley
"Oh, Mastery - Having a Free Attentional Focus in Cooley Yoga"
Experience the benefit of having a mastery method when learning how to stretch
Santa Barbara, CA
May 15, 2014
Thursday, May 15th — 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
@ Yoga Soup
28 Parker Way
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
You decide what you want to do. Then, this idea of what you want to do directs you to pay attention to different phenomena inside and outside yourself. This teaches you how to master the activity. You don't get to decide what to place your attention on. Instead, the idea directs your attention. We have a representative mind. You dwarf the rate of your learning if you try and direct your attention. It takes three years to master something. Legs, arms, breathing, and then idea is the order in which mastery happens.
This concept is contrary to what most everyone is taught about the mind-body connection. People are taught that they can control their attention and place it on any number of great ideas – fools gold. Often in most forms of physical training, the teacher suggests to you what to pay attention to. But there are 10,000 things to learn in order to master any one thing, and every one of those things is "up" for a person to learn at that particular time and place. Be where your attention is, whether it is inside or outside, and you return to learning at the rate of a child.
Example: Each day I self stretch. As I begin a stretch I do each day, I return to having my attention to where it was the day before. Then, it either stays there because I have more to learn, or it moves onto something else. Sometimes my mind stays on the same thing for but a moment and then moves on, and other times it stays on the same thing for months. My memory is very much hierarchically stacked based on when I learned the aspect of something I am trying to master. Characteristically, I review by paying attention to the things I learned previously before moving onto new things. Some days I can learn many new things and on other days I learn one new thing. The number of things is not a measure of my learning rate but instead the value of any one thing I am learning.
People need to know that their bodies naturally resist the moment they begin to elongate a muscle. It even happens if they are asleep (I have Resistance Stretched people while they sleep). This resistance is initially manifested involuntary, but can also be used voluntarily by increasing that tension and resistance when both self stretching or when being assisted. Whether or not a person is conscious of this involuntary resistance does not determine whether it happens or not, but it does determine if additional tension can be corralled to increase the acceleration of the results.