BKS Iyengar writes:
‘Mental fatigue is experienced when the brain and the nerves get tired, It is caused by the excessive use of the brain, nerves and the senses of perception, mainly the eyes and ears. Over-exertion, shock or fear and mental disturbances cause fatigue. Mental fatigue is mainly felt in the back of the brain and is associated with languor, dullness, over-sleep, uneasiness, unhappiness and loss of speech.
On the other hand, physical fatigue is mainly felt in the structural body. When one is physically tired, the system dries up and the limbs and the nerves fail to respond. Loss of physical strength also leads to mental fatigue. For example, brain fatigue occurs when the eyes suffer from tension due to glaucoma, which in turn leads to mental fatigue. Even disturbance In the digestive system can affect mental functioning’.
The material in this subject is not intended for the learning of asanas as this is the role of a teacher. The 10-week subject brings together a diverse range of material including Video extracts from conventions, articles, audio class recordings and book extracts to deliver a literature review.
This subject is best broken into weekly segments for review so as to best digest the material. For example, a video may be viewed 2 or 3 times across a week prior to practice or an article printed to read during the evening before the next day’s practice.
By listening to our teachers in their own words we reflect on our own understanding. By hearing the different ways our teachers present their work during different conventions and events we are exposed to the depth and breadth of our system