Moving for health

Yoga! Don’t “Pooh-Pooh this issue so quickly as “New Age” or “Asian with foreign words”.   I copied some of these stretches as a child from my mother (born in 1912), not Asian, who hadn’t yet visited Asia.
More and more of these classes are opening up here. The foreign word which may be before before the word, “yoga”, refers to a particular style.
Iyengar, named after BKS Iyengar, is my favorite. This yoga uses props: belt, blocks, cushion, to help you move your body in correct postural alignment.  I enjoy moving toward a beautiful pose that I don’t expect to ever reach. Iyengar (1918 to 2014) used movement to strengthen his own body.  He had many physical challenges after surviving the 1918 worldwide flu which killed so many.  In 2004 he was named one of the most significant people of the century by TIME magazine.
Yoga helps people stay connected to their bodies. Yoga teachers know most of us in this culture aren’t in touch with our bodies.  So all yoga is in a sense, restorative.

More classes are opening up all the time.  I took an an amazing class at Jamestown Beach with some 40 other people at sunrise on the longest day of the year!

Be well!