Σάββατο, 29 Αυγούστου 2015

Hello World!


B.K.S. Iyengar, in his breakthrough work "Light on Yoga", supports the idea that Yoga is for everybody. This is what I believe.

 There is something that bugs me about the way yoga is portrayed by the modern media. Hovering, gravity-defying girls wearing iridescent yoga pants, articles claiming to provide "beginner tips" on "how to safely perform a headstand" (!) and lists of basic asanas starting with arm balances. My growing discomfort due to these phenomena, and the feeling of incompetence and intimidation I think many of you who already have a home yoga practice or even want to begin one but don't feel "fit" enough share with me, have urged me to realize this humble little weblog.
  
  First of all, there really is no such thing as beginner yoga practice to me. Yoga, requires you to be in a relatively good shape and to have a moderately strong body before you even start trying asana. The notion that there are levels of practitioners and difficulties to choose from is at least hilarious, if not daunting to the complete beginner. Yoga is simply yoga, no matter what the "level" of your practice is, and your ability to defy common physics and bend in, as Kino Mc.Gregor puts it in her "Ashtanga Yoga", "Pretzel-like positions", is simply a side-effect of the whole process of discovering your inner self. Personally, no matter how hard I try, I haven't *yet* mastered any "advanced" poses, and making this weblog is partially about letting practitioners and aspiring yogis know that this is perfectly okay, no matter what popular yoga sites might imply about what a "non -beginner" should look like.

So, on this site there will be thoughts, tips, articles, photographs and true experiences of what it means to have a true home practice, with its difficulties, frustrations, nutritional and psychological flops, imbalances, and all those hectic days when you feel your body will never cooperate. No impossible asanas or poses that defy logic. I am not yet capable of those and plus, if they ever happen, they will be the fruit of hard work that hasn't quite been done yet. Feel free to share this wonderful journey that is yoga, or if you haven't tried it yet, who knows? - you might actually realize that it truly is, yogalicious.
  

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