Monday, June 30, 2014

Not Here for PT --- Day 3/168

Walk: Union Square, Mindful Body
Distance: 1 mile and take yoga class

Not much to say today except Ciwt has been thinking about what she sees as a trend in yoga these days. That is an emphasis on bio-mechanics. Which in turn translates into classes with no movement, no music, often no air circulation, and which feel to Ciwt like Physical Therapy sessions.  To her, one comes to yoga to discover oneself  through breathwork and aligned movement and leaving with a sense of accomplishment/mastery as well as rejuvenation and maybe joy. If in the process of doing that, a (nasent) physical problem is encountered, the student decides what he/she wants to do to check that out further.  Maybe a massage, rest, a private yoga session, a chiropractor, a PT.  But yoga itself is Not PT/Physical Therapy.

If the types of classes that Ciwt encounters more and more these days were what were taught 50 years ago when yoga entered her life, she would not have pursued yoga. She finds them stultifying, tedious, downright aggravating ordeals.

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