I’ve had an opportunity to see what happened to me while away from the daily practice for 8 weeks and it was not pretty. I noticed my energy levels fall to levels I did not think were possible, my legs and muscles got completely tight, the wrists and most joints became weaker.
My whole demeanor and outlook on life became weaker!
Which brings me to how I perceived people in their 40s while I was growing up, I thought of them as old people, but mostly it was because they did not exercise at all and drunk and ate huge meals for dinner.
When I look at the biggest benefit of the asana practice, taking the yoga out of it all, just the daily discipline of getting on the mat and focusing and breathing, I see it is magical, it gives me strenght, both mental and in the body. It connects me and has me feeling exactly what is in balance within and what is not.
Now, some people cannot move that well, some have physical challenges or dont have a range of movement, and I understand it in that case, but for people who have full access to the body I just don’t get it.
I suppose perhaps it is because they never experienced the amazing feeling one gets after a full practice? And it can be anything really, I happen to like ‘the yoga’ but for some others it is running, or whatever.
But without it, how can people who are healthy and have access to their bodies not do any exercising? how do they get their ‘happy’ dose? Am I missing something?