By Jay Hiller, May 22, 2023
Photo by Richard Jaimes on Unsplash
A long time ago, when I was just starting to practice yoga and after taking a yoga class I called my sister and said, “This yoga crap isn’t working. Maybe I should start drinking.” I was joking but it was during a period of my life where I was dealing with something serious and frightening. Fortunately, I kept doing yoga. (Also fortunately, I realized that drinking wouldn’t help.)
Yoga works. It’s good for everyday stress and it’s also an excellent anchor for times when life escapes our control. You don’t need the stuff that gets marketed to us–pretty clothes, fancy props, a dedicated space with a wood floor that no one ever walks on except in bare feet. Those things are nice extras, and they’re just extras. All you really need is your body, your breath and one yoga pose that you know how to do. And if you don’t know a yoga pose, all you need to do is close your eyes and pay attention to your breath.
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