Sunday, December 18, 2016

Yoga is discipline, patience and hard work

I have never written any post here with misgiving. It is my life I am writing about; I write honestly, I don't know how else to write it. I have little story to tell in every post and I end it neither with a divorce nor a marriage. Divorce ends all things but marriage finishes it very properly too so you as a sophisticated reader may be ill-advised with something what is by social convention is termed... a happy ending.

This week has been the one of the best weeks of the year. The Dreamer came on Wednesday night and she slept over at my place on Friday night. Outside was a snowstorm but we had a great time not going anywhere. She bought me two towels, a very warm and nice blanket and an expensive cheese. We eat at my place drink beer and wine and most of the time we spent in the bed. She is a great, passionate lover. I am expecting her to come today afternoon and we will go for a walk in snow covered High Park. Is only -2 C sunny and beautiful day in Toronto.

Yesterday, I went to sleep at 4 a.m. hugging the Dreamer. We woke up at 8 a.m. so last night I was in bed early at 8:30. This morning yoga class with my friends. It was 7 of us, three my friends did not come. Yoga was good, we added push ups and strengthening sequence to half primary ashtanga yoga practice. We stretch and sweat. After one hour of practice we went to sauna.

I encourage everyone to start practicing yoga. Before you start your first class, of course you may have a lot of questions. The first question every beginner asks is: How do I find a good teacher? Every beginner wants a certified teacher. Certification means they have a minimum of 200 hours of yoga teacher training, and many have years of teaching experience on top of that. However, certification doesn't guarantee they are the right teacher for you.

Second, learn classical yoga first, don’t start with hot yoga or athletic vinyasa. You can learn those later. Start by learning the postures first.  Then learn how they are strung together into a flow (known as vinyasa). It takes the average person about six months until the body adapts and you start to see benefits of yoga. That’s the average, maybe for you it’ll happen sooner, or later. Patience is important. Continue going to class. If you are impatient and push yourself it’s likely you’ll injure your muscles.

Try not to push yourself in your yoga practice, at least not yet. Get used to being on your mat for a few minutes to half an hour at least once a week. It’s the discipline of being on your mat that makes the difference, in both your physical progress. While it’s rarely talked about these days, yoga is about discipline.

The key to yoga is to develop your ability to listen to your body. You want to feel each muscle, each breath, to feel the flow of energy through your body. Know when you are tired, know when you are sick, know what is happening in your own mind and body. Practicing yoga is a great gift, a gift you give to yourself. And remember, your yoga is only for you.

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