Many times when I attend a Hatha 1 class, the teacher would ask if anyone is new to Yoga in the class. Very often, there would be at least one or two persons in the class who has never done any yoga before; coming into a class which is actually an intermediate class.
I feel that in order for a newcomer to Yoga to attend the Hatha 1 class, she must at least have attended a few Element classes. The Element classes provide a fundamental introduction to the yoga poses. The teacher will go through the basic postures, providing guidance for correct alignment and breathing technique.
In practicing yoga, there should not be any shortcuts. Without learning the correct techniques and having the correct alignment, the practitioner is only causing more harm to herself. We hear practitioners complaining of injuries from yoga which is actually due to repetition of doing poses incorrectly.
Many times in life, we also tend to take shortcuts. We will find ways to shorten our journeys, not realizing that we are missing the beautiful sceneries along the longer route.
When we take shortcuts to accomplish something, we will not enjoy the reaps of our success as much as when we have work hard to get it. Sometimes, when we take shortcuts, we might end up on a dead-end or have to start all over again.
"People create their own success by learning what they need to learn and then by practicing it until they become proficient at it." - Brian Tracy