health & fitness, philosophy

Yoga is better than nothing

I have friends whose dream vacation is spiritual, doing yoga for hours every day on the beach.

yoga on the beach

Historically we in the gymnastics community have been suspicious of Yoga. If you asked me to locate a fraud, I would look first in ashrams.

I am embarrassed by my lack of knowledge mastery of the musculoskeletal system. (I have no memory syndrome.) Still, my understanding is better than 90% of Yoga teachers. Their explanations are not as science-based as I would like. Where are the chakras? Exactly?

But my Tulum beach yoga teacher Sarah swayed me. I really enjoyed her sessions.

Joe Laughlin convinced me too. Joe is a professional dancer and a former National tumbling champion. A serious athlete.

Joe retired at age 37. Then made a comeback a couple of years later. He said that by doing only Pilates (something of a Germanic evolution from Yoga) he was restored to the best shape of his life. Many serious athletes I know have embraced pilates. It works.

I now, finally concede that yoga can improve fitness and is not simply trendy posturing. Not just an excuse for sipping latte with your yoga-mat-toting friends.

0 thoughts on “Yoga is better than nothing”

  1. Hola amigo! So you have been seduced by the beach, blue skies and yoga in the surreal surrounds of Tulum! Yahoo! Although out of practise, I am a fan of yoga. I too have come undone/laid back in Tulum. Definitely the ying to Cancun strips yang so to speak. They have quite a laid back aura down that way. The Tulum ruins are quite something, too. Did you see them? Did you stay at the Tulum hostel or in a beach cabana or…?

    Cheers, katrina

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