My yoga instructor pissed me off, so I offered him my special “moon salutation.” Then I slammed my chakra shut right in his face.
I tried yoga once but took off for the mall halfway through class, as I had a sudden craving for a soft pretzel and world peace.
Basketball is an endurance sport, and you have to learn to control your breath; that’s the essence of yoga, too. So, I consciously began using yoga techniques in my practice and playing. I think yoga helped reduce the number and severity of injuries I suffered. As preventative medicine, it’s unequaled.
Yoga is invigoration in relaxation. Freedom in routine. Confidence through self control. Energy within and energy without.
What kind of Yoga do you want to practice, the Yoga of getting or the Yoga of giving?… One enslaves, the other liberates.
The harmonizing of opposing forces is a key aspect of yoga — hot energy is united with cool energy, strong with soft, and masculine with feminine.
Yoga takes us to the present moment, the only place where life exists.
Hatha yoga is spirituality of the body; it is the most perfect union of corporeal and incorporeal.
We are aware of yoga only as a technique to gain physical strength, flexibility, or increased health. And indeed these are potent side effects of the practice. But that is what they are: side effects. To focus on these largely insignificant manifestations is to miss the point entirely.
You don’t have to be flexible to do yoga, you just have to be willing to shake the dust off and see what happens.