I found this picture on facebook and wondered how the photographer came to get such a great pic. It caught my attention because it looks like the kitten is doing yoga (of course it is not), but I wondered if this was just a lucky picture during the normal playfullness of the kitten's life or if someone had maybe tossed it there, like a bowling ball, skidding across the floor. Poor kitty. Great pic though!
I just read a blog that questioned what the hardest yoga pose is. Well, the answer depends on who is trying to do it, of course. But I wonder at that type of question in the first place. Even experienced teachers sometimes inadvertently put pressure on their students, or themselves, to bend and flex into positions that a particular body is just not ready for (and might never be). There are many benefits to yoga, but there doesn’t need to be a ‘goal’ – the journey, the combination of breath and posture together (mind and body as one) is the goal. Does that sound counterintuitive? Of course there is intent, the ‘full posture’ is where we are heading and we do want to challenge ourselves, but it really doesn’t matter whether we achieve the full asana or not. Moving with purpose is all we need to do. Reach a comfortable (engaged) pose and breathe. Deeply. And focus. If we can do that, with awareness, then we have achieved our ‘goal’, we are on or in the journey. And we then reap the many benefits, both mentally and physically, a bonus.
I’m a life coach, yoga teacher, communications professional and fitness enthusiast. I’m a closet techie and science boff in my spare time. I’m also part-time slave and taxi driver to a 14 year old.