Thursday, January 24, 2013

Trying to Explain Yoga to Gamers



Sometimes my friends ask me about yoga.  They really don’t quite understand, but they try.  If I show them an image of a posture on the internet they pretty quickly try to figure out how you have sex in that posture.  They mean well.  Really.

I do wonder what I would say if they ask a question like “what are you working on in yoga?” 

Would I say that I am working up to handstand…



…or that I just started on headstand prep…

…maybe explain bakasana?

Perhaps.  But the reality is that what I am working in yoga is getting my whole hand on the earth and breathing, preferably at the same time.

4 comments:

  1. Those are all pretty respectable minor goals, but your real goal is downright beautiful. Me —I'm working on getting through a mostly self-induced fecal hurricane without becoming an alcoholic, landing in jail, or ending-up broke. That, and doing a handstand.

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  2. I would work on breathing first, then getting your whole hand on the earth. Also, no robbing any banks with transsexual prostitutes.

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  3. It's all of the above, really, simultaneously. I'm not working on the inversions just to look cool: they help. That moment of balance and freedom —fleeting though it is during my elbow stands ("pincha mayurasana"?)— is unlike anything else I experience in my practice.

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  4. Yogini from CO, First and Foremost a blogger and gamer. Beginning my own teacher training, heavily considering trying to fill the apparently absent Yoga for Gamers niche. Would love to chat!

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