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A Lesson From The Wild
By Sara Allie
“When you don’t have any money, the problem is food. When you have money, it’s sex. When you have both, it’s health.”
My aunt recently became a yoga instructor and I attended one of her class sessions in Owings Mills, Maryland. She described many poses during the introductory class. One of the poses she described and artfully illustrated was Downward-Facing Dog. This pose imitates the way a dog naturally stretch his body: front legs forward, head bowed, rump in the air. This pose builds strength as it stretches the whole body. It also rejuvenates the entire body, calming the nervous system and helping to relieve stress. My aunt taught this pose as a transitional pose that led to the understanding of other yoga poses.
So she demonstrated another pose: Turtle pose. My aunt insisted that all of us, no matter shape or size, would be able to master the turtle pose. The turtle pose involves flexibility and strength of the arms and legs. She insisted that as long as we breathe through each pose, we can accomplish it. The turtle pose imitates a turtle withdrawing into its shell. This pose represents a mental withdrawal from distractions. From an exercising standpoint, the turtle pose strengthens the back and abdominal cavity. But it also brings mental peace.
So, as a class, we breathed through and attempted the turtle pose. Every single one of us succeeded.
Peace at last.
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