Thinking about what is normal
As we get older, we accept problems with our bodies – stiffness, soreness and other things become our new normal. When these issues start, part of us imagines that this is a normal part of aging. Slowly, the issues mount and we tell ourselves they are all normal. We slowly lose mobility, we slowly learn to live with the pain. We begin to expect so much less from ourselves and forget what it was like for us before. We normalise pain, suffering and lower performance from our bodies.
Starting the Journey
I had some pain in my neck. I know I work too much at computers, but how much is “normal” stiffness and pain for someone at my age and stage of life? I decided that I would give yoga a go to answer questions like this and see what is behind all of the yoga hype. Sure, those leaving yoga classes at my gym seem to have better posture than most. Sure, those leaving yoga practice seems more comfortable in themselves. Sure, they have a spring in their steps. Is this from yoga or something else? I will be able to comment on this over the coming weeks.
I have thought of yoga for at least four years, but watching my fiancée doing her yoga routine online has brought my desire to try yoga to the forefront of my mind. Thank you so much, Tracy, for inspiring me to try yoga!
Tracy showed me some poses and stretches on Skype. I have also found some YouTube videos and have worked through two of them since my first yoga experience on Monday morning. I ordered a yoga mat from India (which arrived yesterday) and some stretchy shorts from California. I will try to document some of my experiences here because – and this is important – our physical health is not different from our mental health. We create false dichotomies and they confuse us in our abilities to help ourselves. A healthy mind needs a healthy body (the Buddha realised this, after starving himself and understanding this was not the way to Enlightenment). So, my journey in yoga is yet another part of my quest for good mental health, both for myself and others.
Gerald Lee Jordan, MBA, MEd, MCouns ❤️