“You don’t have to do complicated shit to be strong.”
Spoken while the Friday night yoga class was led to side plank pose.
I’m 100% positive I did not look like this photo, but there is always a best effort. We held the pose for slightly longer than a shoulder wanted to be strong, so a knee went down.
I’m far from being 25 or 35 years young and, therefore, no longer pig-headed about taking modifications when a yoga pose becomes difficult. My 62 year old physicality is strong in some ways, but betrays once or twice during class. And there are days when I feel weak and struggle. It has to do with having a curved spine all of my life, a fact that requires me to do what I can to stay upright and moving. Yoga helps with being active and I enjoy it far more than a visit to the gym, even on the difficult days.
Which leads me back to Yogi Erin’s statement about complicated shit.
I try to not engage in complicated shit, although some yoga poses can be all that and extremely difficult.
Nope, not ever happening in my world unless I find the Fountain of Youth and get an entirely new body.
Most often, we’re not expected to be complicated in class. The teachers let us know that we never have to explicitly follow their prompting. We never have to do anything we don’t want to do. Heck, we could do corpse pose for an hour, if it’s so desired.
Corpse pose. One of my favorites, which comes at the end of class. A way to be mentally strong – shutting off the mind for a few minutes during cool down. Highly desirable, don’t you think? It’s deserved after an uncomplicated hour of being sweaty and physically strong.
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