I have been practising Yoga for a little over a month and I am getting a bit more limber. I am still stiff in the morning when I get up and stiff again at night, so I stretch twice daily and a bit during the day. It would be great to get my balance back but that is slow going. My legs don’t move as fast as I would like either, so if I were being chased by a lion I would definitely be dinner, but then again, I don’t know anyone who can out run a lion, nor do lions roam my city, so I won’t worry about that.
Yoga does more though than help me stretch my limbs. I use that time to breathe and focus on what I am doing. It’s part of my mindfulness practice aka meditation. It really isn’t about whether or not I regain my balance or run, skip or jump. It’s about taking the time to focus on my well-being. It’s up to me to take care of myself and make sure I do things that nurture me. Yoga is part of my staying healthy routine, like eating foods that are good for me, getting adequate rest and living a more centered, simple life.
There is something interesting happening as well…I am running into people lately who practise Yoga, Buddhism, and/or meditate. I find meditation magazines in hospital waiting rooms. A woman who was giving a presentation at a meeting a couple of days ago brought a book about Yoga. Yoga was not the topic. She was there to answer questions about health insurance and probably brought the book for personal use. I asked her later if she practised Yoga and she said no but she taught visualization and practised Qi Gong. I know we attract what we think, and I am certainly seeing examples of that a lot. I find it amusing and use the experience as a reminder to watch my thoughts carefully so not to attract junk in to my space.