Do you ever have a sudden, terrifying consciousness of your own mortality? Obviously you know we’re all going to die, and it could happen whenever but statistically you probably won’t die on the Subway tonight but what if you do you probably just jinxed it now do you think jinx exists for…
Yoga asanas: perceived flexibility and actual ability
Before I started practicing yoga, I though I did not had the flexibility to do the Paschimottanasana (the seated forward bend).
I though the way to do it was to dive with my head in to the knees, and I just couldn’t do it. One day, a light came over me and I understood the asana. I had to “glue” my belly to my legs and then progressing until chest touch the legs. And surprise, surprise suddenly my head was touching the knees with no great effort.
I understood two things: one is my body does much more I suspected it could do. But I have to find out how to tell my body precisely I want to do. The problem is not flexibility. The problem is ignorance of how to move my body.
Secondly each asana is a puzzle to crack. If you are having too much difficulty most of the time it mean you just didn’t “get the pose” yet. Most of the asana is about structure. Either how your body works and/or how it interacts with gravity. Which seems another way of saying balance.
Yoga, turned into a self discovery of my body and how it relates with the environment, and specifically gravity.
Oh namaste nasmaste namaste… and thank you a billion times for those ancient rishis who invented Yoga. And all those teachers who brought it until the present time. The debt towards you is infinite.