When I started yoga, it was a substitute for running and biking, which at the time, didn’t feel good to me anymore (probably because I was 15-20 pounds heavier than I had ever been, due to chemo and inactivity). The type of yoga I came for was Bikram. When that got boring, being the same thing day in day out, I went to a class at Jivamukti and was shocked that there was singing (chanting) and lecturing (dharma) about things like “do no harm” (ahimsa) and “eat no meat” (whatever).
I admit it: I got caught up. I sang the Hare Krishna song. And I worshipped Hanuman, sort of. Well, I wouldn’t say “worshipped” exactly. But I dug the story. I bought all the must-listen-to music – the Krishna Das, the Donna Delory, the Dum Dum Project, the Drala.
And as I tend to do with anything about which I become passionate for any length of time, I grew disenchanted and began to find flaws, nitpick, get annoyed.
But one thing that I can never say about yoga is that it isn’t awesomely good for the body. The stretching mixed with isometric strengthening cannot be beat. If all yoga were were sitting and thinking, or not thinking, as it were, I would be done with it in a heartbeat. But yoga is what got me back in shape and what has kept me in shape ever since.
So, I know the answer to my question. Wondering how others feel.