Me with my first yoga teacher, my Mum. Here we are up a mountain, typical us :-)

Word History: The word yoga comes from Sanskrit yogaŠł•, "yoking, joining together" and by extension "harnessing of one's mental faculties to a purpose" and thus "yoga." The Sanskrit word descends from the Indo-European root *yeug-, "to join, yoke." In the Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family, *yeug- developed into yuk-, represented in Old English by geoc, the ancestor of Modern English yoke. The root *yeug- is continued by words in most of the branches of the Indo-European language family, which indicates that the speakers of Proto-Indo-European used draft animals to pull their plows and draw their wagons.
[American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.]

‘Whoever desires whatever object and strives for that object consistently, certainly achieves it - unless he gives up half-way.’ Yoga Vasishtha
[Quote taken from this website: www.yogicpath.com]

My own yoga practice has been subsumed by Tae Kwon-Do, though the two are entirely compatible. One should always be in the process of asking what it is that you want from this life, and then how it is to be achieved. Meditation has been reincorporated: I have found using guided meditations a perfect start up [www.tarabrach.com] and much prefer these to any chants of ‘abundance’ a word that used to mean the beneficial generosity of the universe which now seems synonymous with calling in ample cash flow… which is also in danger of pushing me off-topic…
Some yogic breathing will rebalance that.

{Insert soothing flow of rain damp air: we are still first world poor but we have this view, this opportunity to live wonderful lives, we shouldn’t be judgemental - with the possible exception of some comedic purpose, of course.}

Next on my list of small changes to make big differences is a weekly physical yoga session. From this will grow daily practice - to pick one pose and improve the attempt of it.

The aim is a life well lived, the objective is to achieve and maintain physical and mental flexibility.
{I love writing, not so keen on all this sitting down. So a standing up desk is on the list too. Meanwhile, yoga!}

A young Chap, practicing stretches. Up a mountain :-) 


Geo. said…
Your mother and you combine two incomparably friendly faces. I am improved by the photo. Best wishes on your yoga pursuit. My wife has practiced for 30 years and actually gained 1/2 inch in height.
Lisa Southard said…
Very excited about the height gain potential! :-)
I learned yoga from my Mum too! There are pictures of a five year old me doing something resembling downdog on the lawn to prove it somewhere in the old photo files.

My practice tends to come and go...which means that when I am really avoiding it, I need it most!

And as for the standing up desk, my Honey bought one to improve his energy, which absolutely happened not to mention that he lost a lot of weight as well...
Lisa Southard said…
I don't think we have any photos- we had a 'Yoga for children' book, don't recall the author- someone in a leotard and obligatory footless tights. Sooooo looking forward to standing desk!
Namaste :-)

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