is yoga? he asked.
Uhh, that’s a big one, I answered. Yoga is many things. An ancient
science, a philosophy, a number of techniques to relax and strengthen body
and mind… a lifelong study.
Is it religion? he asked.
Ha, ha, it’s funny that so many men have that idea, I said. You can make
it a religion, you can make whatever you want into a religion if you want
to. For me it is not, but it is definitely spiritual. It’s a practise
and a way of living, a tool, an instrument for personal development, to
find the silent place inside and a
way to keep my body flexible, upright and healthy and my mind more clear
and more balanced.
I know someone who does yoga, he said. She says it’s her
I said, to quote my good teacher Simon, she has hit ”the world’s most
intelligent gymnastics”. It gets into everything: muscles, flexibility,
nervous system, breathing, organs, circulation of the blood, everything.
And you have to be so present that it leaves no room for your brain to
scoot around all over the place, so it reduces stress … something we
surely need in this world.
certainly did have a short fuse, he grinned, but it has grown a bit
I believe that, I said, because you become more in touch with your self,
more balanced. This is my experience, but yoga is so many things to so
many people and I reckon we all come with our own intentions and that’s
just how it should be.