How Do People Do It?

How do people without a daily practice of breathing, focusing, relaxing, and stretching do it? Actually,  Let’s forget yoga and take it one step further. How can some people don’t do anything at all with their bodies?

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?

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7 Responses to How Do People Do It?

  1. Brija November 23, 2011 at 11:35 am #

    I've often wondered this as well. I think some people have a block in their head, they think "I'm not the kind of person to do yoga/run/exercise so I won't" and they spend the rest of their lives justifying this belief. You also get used to the state of your body especially if you don't believe you can change it. For some of us it's not a choice, once we've

  2. Philippe November 23, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

    The main benefit from exercise is the connexion between body and mind , once you purify the body , you develop mental strenght and I believe thats the best way to take the best decisions and be happy.<br />Happy to read yr blog on daily basis Claudia you inspire me! xxx

  3. RM November 23, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

    I&#39;ve had the exact same thought Claudia! I can&#39;t imagine what i&#39;d be like without yoga. <br /> <br />Many of my friends don&#39;t do yoga (as much as i hint to them that it&#39;s a good idea, haha) but they seem happy enough.<br /><br />I have a theory that alot of people don&#39;t come to yoga until they&#39;ve had a crisis of some sort. Then you start looking for something 🙂

  4. daydreamingmel November 23, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

    Some days I look at other women on public transport with fabulous outfits, perfectly coiffed hair and tiny handbags, and I look at myself running onto the train with my hair still wet from my post-practice shower, my slapped-on-in-two-minutes makeup, my enormous yoga bag full of wet clothes, towels and toiletries and I wish I was one of them. <br />Sometimes on moondays when I realise what I can

  5. Savim November 23, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

    And some people can&#39;t get beyond the physical after 10 years of doing Ashtanga – go figure!<br /><br />;ref=yoga

  6. Yyogini November 23, 2011 at 10:40 pm #

    I want to tell those people: they don&#39;t even have to yoga if the idea offends them or something… just move their bodies in some way!! Like Brija said, there&#39;s a giant block in their heads that says &quot;exercise = painful torture&quot; (maybe because of high school gym class). So they&#39;d rather put up with all the knots and aches in their bodies than to believe that exercise will

  7. Claudia November 24, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

    Brija, yes I get that, once you felt the benefits there is no going back, totally. Thank you, yes I am better, and so grateful for it!<br /><br />Thanks Philippe, and yes the mind/body connection only happens when we get into the body, and use it… <br /><br />RM that is probably very true, heck I think I came to it to lower stress, and because something was missing. It is in the lows that