They have taught me the importance of a healthy back, hips, and knees.
muscles, ligaments and tendons.
Groups of people around the world have mastered this concept.
When body and mind are flexible and working together,
One is strong and does not break easily.
Injury is avoided.
Energy can collide or flow with its surroundings.
Flow with internal and external energy,
the path of least resistance is achieved.
This is the ultimate strength.
I discovered Yoga in university. Yoga is basically a comprehensive system of stretching that involves the body, mind and breath. It has greatly increased the quality of my life. As I work in this industry of joining heavy timbers I notice many injuries to myself and others that can be avoided by this daily practice.
One basic healing quality I have found to be highly beneficial to my body is in the ‘asanas’ or postures. For example, there are many postures for the back and hips that put the body into a particular position that allow fresh blood to circulate around the vertebrae and hip sockets. As we stand, walk, sit and lie down our vertebrae and hip sockets find themselves in continuous positions that forbid circulation to particular areas. In tai chi this is known as ‘stagnant chi’. By involving the breath and breathing a minimum of 3 deep breaths, Yoga postures/’asanas’ and qi gong or tai chi ‘forms’ allow freshly oxygenated blood to penetrate otherwise stagnant areas.