The purpose of yoga is stretch, open and expand our physical boundaries.
Boundaries that contract over the years.
The tight spine, the creaky knees, achy elbows …. looking over the shoulder to reverse the car is an effort. Forget any wild idea of touching the toes or heading south any further than to peer over your glasses.
Oh, that text neck. Ouch. Youch. No.
Surely there’s a better way.
But yoga? Are you kidding me? Turning myself into a pretzel (hello,
I might look like a peanut, but …) it’s out of the question.
And seeing you asked, I don’t need to stand on my head. Life stands itself on its head anyway. Far too much.
Hang on … hold it right there.
No, not the yoga pose ... your disbelief.
Yoga can actually stretch, open and expand your physical boundaries without a whole lot of effort. Without fancy poses or uncomfortable contortions.
Without even getting out of breath.
Believe me, I do it daily. If you were to walk by my yoga mat and glance over at that person lying there doing nothing much, or sitting up rotating her knee, or standing up still, with arms overhead … you might wonder what the heck I was doing.
She's not even huffing or puffing.
It doesn’t look like the yoga we see on the cover of magazines. But indeed it is, verily it is, yoga.
Of a slow and gentle style.
A slow gentle style of yoga that will meet your body exactly where it is ... and you can work outward from there.
You can work outward from there, as your mobility grows through regular practice of simple movements. When performed with breath awareness and presence, these simple movements become yoga.
The great tradition of yoga, stretching back a thousand years.
It means the body can be more comfortable, have less aches and pains, less tightness & tension.
More mobility, more elasticity, more reach, more stretch.
The best bit is that it's really not all that hard to do, whatever your body type. If you want to see what it looks like, head over to the demo clips at youtube or here.
As they say, yoga is a work-in, not a work out.
Thanks for reading.
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