mulling things over

Stretchy stuff

I commented on this in passing the other day, and now I’ve been thinking a lot about how much we don’t stretch in everyday life.  Once my teacher Margaret said “It’s yoga.  Exaggerate!” That’s exactly right.  We never do that.  I might reach for something on the top shelf, only for a moment, and never thinking about the stretch, only thinking about not dropping that gravy pitcher that I’m inching down.  

I do find that when I’m practicing daily, or close to daily, that I do more stretching in life.  Today I was at Audio-Reader for two hours, reading live with another person.  We alternated reading every 15 minutes.  I really wanted to stand up and do, say, Parsvottanasana (intense side stretch), while I wasn’t reading.  I didn’t do it because I thought it would be weird for the other guy.  Next time I’ll just warn my partner in advance.  I do various yoga poses when I’m recording at Audio-Reader alone, just trying not to breathe too hard.

Parsvottanasana
Parsvottanasana

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