Sometimes I have to walk through a busy gym to teach a yoga class. It's always full of men pushing themselves with weights or people spinning fast and going nowhere.
To me it just looks like torture. I might be slightly rotund but I reckon I am as fit as a flee and I hardly ever break into a sweat. Yoga is about balancing energy. And I realise that the main difference between what I consider a yoga class to be and an exercise class, is that the yoga class will leave you coming out with more energy. The exercise class will leave you depleted.
I think there is a mistaken belief that you have to push your body to the limits to be doing anything good for it. I differ. You should be nurturing and looking after your body. If you are doing too much it is against the spirit of non-violence. Non-violence doesn't just mean refraining from bashing someone on the nose. It also means not being violent to your body and pushing it too far.
So maybe it is time to try a yoga class?
Caroline practises and teaches yoga in Glasgow Scotland and runs The Publishing Cupboard. She is the creator of the Nod off Series (where yoga meets grammar learning). If you want to get to grips with French, Spanish, Italian or Portuguese grammar, in a pain-free yogic way, visit www.nodoff.co.uk
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