I heard gasping to my left. Not being in the deep focus that I ought to be, I turned my head. She, a woman in her thirties, was looking at me with one of the most tortured expressions I'd witnessed in class.
"So painful!" she cried, her legs dangling awkwardly, in her futile attempt to get into the pose. I could but offer her a sympathetic smile.
Throughout the hour-long practice, she sighed and grunted, struggled and stumbled, and constantly fought fatigue and pain.
I was reminded of this photo I once came across:
So - relaxing pastime, spiritual path, or extreme sport? It definitely isn't, in practice, a spiritual path - not unless one purposely chooses to look at the activity as being spiritual. When I took up yoga, about 5 or 6 years ago, I'd meant to increase my flexibility, tone up my muscles, improve focus, and on the overall, achieve a more relaxed physical and mental state. Well, in a way, I do feel that I sleep a lot better on nights before which I had yoga sessions, but honestly, I can't say it's not because I'd usually be full of aches and tired out. A relaxing pastime? Maybe.
Take a look:
(Source: Eve Post Apple)
An extreme sport? Most definitely!
So this, plus martial arts and climbing, makes me an extreme sports girl! *Ahem!*
(confession: I can't do any of the poses in the photos I posted....... yet =P)