So maybe you haven’t moved from your seat in a while. Let’s face it: modern environments are not set up for dynamic movement, body expression, manual work, walking, etc. It’s hard to beat inertia when your life is full of chairs, couches, cars, and desks. There really are not many opportunities for physical movement incorporated naturally or by design in our lives these days.
You may not be aware but believe it or not, all of these abundant sitting places are magnets, and your butt is very attracted to them. It’s a hot romance, for a time... But when you fall too hard for the wrong person (or object), "love" can hurt and become more of an addiction. So when your butt and these chairs and couches see each other too much, you may find yourself getting stiff, and you feel kind of foggy and pent up.
But you don’t have to be ruled by couches, chairs, and cars. Modern living doesn't mean you have to give in to atrophy and sluggishness. You are not going to settle for some lazy, needy relationship! You don't have to completely stop seeing the couch, but you need to stay in touch with your own individual life and body so you don't lose yourself in the cushions. I’m going to bet that you are a creative, courageous player and want to keep your body mobile for a lifetime of adventure; to do so, it just takes some training and conscious effort to get your juices flowing again. You have build consciousness of your personal body and mind stats.
Yoga trains you to pay attention to your "character profile" and act appropriately on what you find when check in. Rather than being passive and letting your environment or unhealthy thought patterns sap your bars of health, yoga turns you into a skilled warrior who rises to face challenges. You learn to sharpen your mind and senses and keep yourself in top condition, so your Game goes on. First of all, you actually notice that, say, your “flexibility bar” is getting too low or your energy level begins to flash in the red zone; secondly, you begin to equip yourself with skills that can restore your health. And thirdly: you actually use your skills to effect desired changes! You know which "items" to collect, breath elixirs to drink, and physical postures to apply to get back in the green... rather than letting yourself hit empty and faint.
Paying attention to yourself and responding in smart, strategic ways to maintain physical and mental balance is the "game" of yoga.
One simple way yoga helps you replenish your flexibility bar is by resetting tight, weak muscles. It’s a benefit of repetitive, dynamic stretching, such as what you find in my YouTube video, Sun Salutation A. The repetition of movements and postures is intentional, to give your body time to get used to things and warm up. Each time you go through the same set of postures, your body is a little more open, stronger, and engaged. You are able to stop trying so hard to figure out what to do next. You learn the sequence in both mind and body, entering a flowing meditation at a certain level. In this sense, it lowers your stress bar to safe levels, too.
Doing yoga in the morning, in particular, is a great time to restore your health and magic or psychic abilities. Sleeping begins the process, of course, but dynamic stretching in yoga energizes and lengthens your muscles after being still for 8 hours. Now you've turned your system on and are better prepared for the day, open in mind and body.
Start your days off with full health and a strong set of stats. Do this by avoiding the couch and hitting the mat more often.
Danielle enjoys yoga, writing, games, cartoons, and music. She relates a lot to Avatar Korra and is training hard as a yogi to learn element bending. She's also interested in exploring the element of PLAY found in both yoga and video games. Danielle is the one you see in the videos and the creator of Y4G.