yoga for many for us is something we do to keep fit, stay mindful or relax. Most of us come to it from a sedentary lifestyle hoping it will make us flexible and athletic.
What is most often over looked is that Yoga has its foundations in a place of movement. The first yogis already squatted, sat cross legged, rolled around on the floor and looked around them. Their lives were filled with movement. No original yogi sat on a chair, hunched over a computer or phone or lay on a bed o watch tv. They were farmers, manual workers, people with regular walks that we would call a marathon.
Those first yogis were looking for additional movements that pushed them beyond their day to day movement, the requirement to sit still was used to quieten a very active lifestyle and mind and create a stillness that would normally never be there.
For me the basics of yoga have long been lost. We rock up at class with no idea of how to move, with the expectation from everyone to put out bodies into positions that were once practised by experts at, just moving.
I feel its time to go back to build foundations first, before we even consider a down dog we need to be comfortable with sitting on the floor, balancing, creating a natural core strength, walking distances on strong legs and having a strong vestibular system.
During lock down I came across something called Original Strength. If anyone is looking to peel back their yoga practise, or maybe looking to start yoga I’d suggest you look here first. I’ve been practising Yoga for over 10 years and wish I’d had this grounding from the beginning.
*Post not sponsored just something I want to share with the yoga community*