Moving the body

Sometimes, it feels right to be lazy. So right.

Sometimes, it feels right to be lazy. So right.

And then the lazy gets lazy. It settles in. And all those advisories that “sitting is the new smoking” don’t really feel so important.  

Until we start feeling bad. Not just lazy, but heavy, uncomfortable, foggy, and depressed. We can stop paying attention to these bodies of ours for awhile. Eventually, our bodies will demand our attention. And they can do it in some pretty pushy ways.

Think: pain.

We all know we need to move. We may not understand how much, but we know our bodies are dynamic.

When we stay still for too long, our bodies start telling a story of heaviness, discomfort, and pain. We start feeling like the story is true.

Maybe we remember the delight of running, skipping, dancing, and playing. If we’ve been still for too long, we aren’t sure our bodies will remember with us. We try a few moves and the body says no.

Sometimes, the discomfort of sedentary ways stays with us through our initial movements. Sometimes, we become discouraged and give it up.

We might choose to stay still and the body becomes heavier, more uncomfortable, and more painful.

We become despondent. The body loves movement so much that its delight becomes our emotional well-being. When the body loses access to its joy, so do we.

If you’re feeling low and uncertain about movement, you may not feel inclined to try yoga.

Please allow me to be the one to invite you in. The primary concern of yoga isn’t body training but stability of the mind. When you and the body have been lazy for too long, it’s the mind that needs attention.

So here’s how you start. You choose.

You can do it.

You can move. Better still, you can move without pain.

You just need to befriend your body.

This is what you’ll train your mind to do. Yoga offers a way.

Let’s move together.

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