Something I’ve noticed when most of us in the West begin studying yoga is that it’s all about the physical practice of doing postures (asanas) on a sticky mat. Asana practice is both challenging and fun, and as it happens, if you (or someone like you) consistently spend a lot of time on the mat, you can take a physical journey which looks something like this:
And your practice can go from looking like this:
To looking like this:
That’s all fun and charismatic. But the truth is that you can be beautiful and bendy, and still be a miserable human being. You can be beautiful and bendy, but you can still suffer from injury or illness — or just the inevitable impacts of time. In reality, you can be a kickass 90-something yoga teacher, but a few impacts of living 90-something years are fundamentally unavoidable because that’s just how life works.
Which isn’t to say don’t do yoga,