I don’t know how it is possible that once upon a time I ran a half marathon, I can bicycle 25 miles, I taught three classes of high impact aerobics in a row, rollerblade for 15 miles, and still I have to say the sweatiest workout is yoga in a room that is eighty degrees. Not to mention the after effect from yoga is more crippling than all the other mentioned exercise forms. The quiet strength, the agility, balance, focus, and flow of the movements reminds me most of the childhood years of dancing. My mind and body don’t really know I’m an old woman now, they have memory of those dancer’s movements. I trained so well that they sigh a relief when I practice yoga and my muscles tell me, ah finally you are doing something I know. I’m beginning to perfect various arm balances and head stands from various points of origin. I am crazy for it.
The more is better part of my personality is seeking to fill my schedule with more than the three classes I take a week. But I can’t walk the next day. So, that’s a goal I suppose.
The classes I take aren’t packed with spiritual philosophies, they are strictly exercise sessions. I already know my inner strength isn’t myself, it is God in me and through me that gives me strength, guidance and wisdom. And to understand him I don’t have to wait on my head, I just need to open my bible. So when I go to a yoga class I’m not signing up for a spiritual experience.
There’s no doubt about it though, when the mind is so focused and the body is tested the spirit within is released. There is a great mind body soul connection that occurs while doing the poses. I just don’t want an instructor suggesting to me the source of my spiritual guidance. And all the instructors I go to don’t do that. At the end of a class one of them says, “think of the one thing you are thankful for, and allow that one thing to help you be positive during the challenges that wait for you outside this room.”
I can live with that. I know the one thing is Jesus, and I believe the promises in the bible that assure me that I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Even stand on my head. Be the best wife I can be. Or mother five great kids. Keep a home with an atmosphere that makes everyone want to be there. Choose flowers the deer won’t eat. Or try to ride a horse without falling. Or build an orphanage in Africa. Or knit a sweater that will actually fit.