Yoga and Body Rhythms

Apr 1, 2012 | Anatomy, Yoga practices, Yoga teaching  | 0 comments

- yoga and body rhythms


I was just heading to bed, my body not quite knowing what the “real” time is since we have just gone off daylight savings last night.
Of course, I know the real time. The clocks have been set back. Now I just tell my body clock what to do, so we’ll go to bed “early” to comply with the new time.
Isn’t it funny, odd, that we can disassociate from our bodies and just order them around like they were our servants? That must explain how labourers can work 8, 10, 12 hours a day doing manual toil and still be able to get up the next day and do it all again.
What about “the body is my temple”?
When you strike a pose in a yoga class, are you flogging your body by trying to make it do more or better? Do you go to the other extreme, being ultra cautious, because you had a difficult time in a posture in the past? Or, do you dance with a pose, listening to your body’s rhythms, and allowing them to lead? Do you take your own sweet time in getting into and out of poses to savour the moment and notice what’s happening?
It takes courage and discipline to pay attention right now and show up with sensitivity and respect for your body – time after time. The reward is that you feel in tune and integrated.

Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack.  We give it orders which make no sense.  ~Henry Miller



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