Good day to you all. :) I come from a pleasant place today but am eager to discuss yoga and why some Americans have such a fear of using their bodies to do anything other than work them to old age and death. Sorry to use such morbid terms but people can be so incredibly frustrating. I know we can all be full of excuses but come on, isn't it the easiest thing in the world just to get on the floor and stretch? One would think people would be ready to just fling themselves on a mat and get to know themselves, (well that sounded quite randy didn't it? (Austin Powers voice)) but instead they content themselves with the telly or talking about things that aren't so important. If the word yoga scares someone, just use the word "stretching." A more lax and lazily implied definition is perceived here. My mom stretches in her bed 3 or 4 times a day, so its not even necessary to get on the ground. During the process of breathing into a stretch, we learn to focus on our postures and meditate. If a person commits to a stretch, the rest will follow.
I think I'm coming up with a theory though as to why people think that one day they're just going to pop out of bed and have this itching, burning internal drive to be a yogic master. To be honest with you, some people don't. If you don't have the discipline to do it on your own its not just going to smack you in the face one day with a "get on that floor and do a headstand why don't ya!"
My theory on it-- Language. The English Language. I was listening to NPR one day and they were discussing the most fascinating truth which I had always presumed but never vocalized: that language affects how we think, how we behave, and how we live. The talk show host was discussing the fact that in America, people save less money when there is an apparent "tomorrow" involved. You see, how we perceive time affects how we perceive everything in a horizontal and linear sense. So yesterday, today, and tomorrow are separated in the English language and we see a timeline. But if we refer to "now" as the same as our "future" (which I try to keep a conscious practice of) then we will feel differently about today and more apt to take advantage of the sights and sounds and the health of our bodies. When I hear people say with a sigh "Yeah, I"m gonna start doing yoga" I want to say to them it is NOT that hard to just do it! Like Nike says, right? Just do it today and you will feel anew! Appreciate your body and love it and nourish it and get to know it and be your own doctor! It is such a fulfilling process. There is a flow that mimics the flow of the universe when we let go in a yogic practice. Yoga allows us to become our own teachers, something we are all seeking. It helped me cope with addiction, anger, depression, self-hatred, and stagnant thinking. I am a better person after each session. It never fails. I am better able to hone my skills and focus on discipline and conscious progress. Just learning to trust one's own vessel is a divine journey, one in which we should all take part in. Yoga is the perfect dance, one that opens up doors to experience our true selves. Anyway tata for now folks! Thanks for reading :)