I had a very stiff body for the whole of my life. My fingers could touch just my knees when I bent and I couldn’t sit cross legged from my childhood, so I had difficulties in sitting on the ground. I had accepted it as a genetic problem and had come to terms with it. I just tried to avoid sitting on the ground, and I totally bent my knees when I wanted to pick up something from the ground.
You may think that I have had a life out of sport, but it is not true. I was in my school’s basketball team and university’s badminton team, and after university, I used to go hiking and road biking. But these sports have almost nothing to do with body flexibility...
I find your post very interesting. I have got a rather stiff body too and I can hardly touch my knees when I bend. I used to do quite a bit of hiking and mountain climbing when I was young – yes, it was a long time ago, I know – but as you have mentioned these sports do not have much to do with body flexibility. Maybe I should take up yoga too…
I agree with you, Delaram. I practice yoga since a long time and after having yoga courses, at the present time, I do yoga by myself , at home, every morning. However, I can’t sit cross-legged a long time and anyway it’s not easy for me but I appreciate to begin the day with “the rise to the sun” . And it’s so pleasant to stay in silence, taken up by your breath just before to go in the “wild life of the town”.
Yes Brigitte, It is very pleasant to start the day with silence of yoga.
Is “the rise to the sun” the one that consists of 12 poses which are performed one after another? If yes, I know it as “sun salutation” and I have found it wonderful as well. Some mornings that I am not lazy, I start my day with it.
Yes it is “Sun Salutation” :-)
I want to disagree with Delaram if she let me. I had started some yoga courses before but I couldn’t finish it. I felt I couldn’t call it a sport because what I expected of a sport was more exciting and energetic. Recently I’m participating in a badminton class and I really enjoy it. Running and panting is what I need and I guess it’s the result of sitting all day behind a desk and lack of excitement at work. Maybe if I changed my expectations and looked for relaxation and more control over my body I would enjoy yoga… Read more »
I think this is a matter of taste and also need. And one’s taste may change by her age. Well, when I was 25 I used to play badminton in my university’s team. I agree with you Azadeh, badminton is a really enjoyable sport, full of excitement and mobility. I remember that in that time I started yoga once, but I left it after several sessions. It didn’t attract me. I didn’t feel the need to do yoga and I was looking for more energetic and exciting sports. Now, after 16 years, my taste and my needs have changed. As… Read more »
I choose to practice yoga a long time ago, when I was 18 because I was reading Jack Kerouac: The Dharma Bums after having reading On the road. I dreamed at that time to travel alone on the American roads reading poetry and living a lot of experiences. But reality is reality; I stood at my parents’ home, I bought a book to practice yoga in my room. It was the time I listened to Pink floyd’s music, Bob Dylan…. Unfortunatly not good enough in English, I red translations poetry. Some years after when I was the 4 children’s mother… Read more »