I donít talk about yoga that muchÖmaybe because itís a little too important to me. I donít actually think Iíd be able to do everything I do without it. And Iíd certainly be a lot more miserableóphysically, mentally, and spiritually. And thatís the thing about yogaóeven if you donít intend it to, it deeply impacts all three parts of your self. Itís like exercise for the threads that connect us to ourselves and to everything else.
Iím not one of those naturally flexible yoga bunnies who traipse down the street in yoga wear with a sticky mat strapped to my back. No, I do yoga at home. And Iíve been fortunate to have two amazing teachers in my life. I do it at home because I donít want my yoga to be about comparing myself to anyone elseóI need it to be about me, and Iíve been fortunate that Iíve been able to afford private teachers.
Because of my disciplined nature and a desire to get as close to an original source as possible in all things, it was natural for me to gravitate to Iyengar yoga. Mr. Iyengar brought yoga to America in the 1950s and weíve never been the same since. But I donít chant (yet). Iím not a vegetarian (yet), and Iím not a Hindu, either. Although I do have quite a few Hindu goddesses hanging around the houseóbut thatís a different story. And I certainly donít think that yoga is the answer to everything. In fact, since Iíve started running, my yoga has actually gotten better!
For about 13 years now, Iíve done yoga at home once a week, on and off (more on than off). I havenít lost any weight because of it, but Iíve gained an inner strength that I rely on every day. And the only way I can describe it is that it opens the channels of your senses in your body to the extent that your perception of everything changesÖ Itís like putting on a pair of clean, new glasses, and suddenly everything is so much clearer. But itís the nose, the skin, the ears, the heart, and the soul that also open. Like a lotus!