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See, I’ve got it all wrong. Yoga is meant to be about quieting the mind and gaining body awareness, but I seem to get caught up other-people’s-bodies awareness. I noticed that lots of yoga students have very tiny little toenails. I wonder whether there will be no little toenails in a generation or two. I read a great book earlier this year, called Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses, which pointed out the very useful fact that yoga was not a competitive sport. I have to remember that when I am trying to outstretch everyone, and wrenching a few muscles in the process. On the plus side, since I can’t get my inner voice to shut up in yoga, I often have lots of good ideas there. I must go more often.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. 07/05/2011 9:39 pm

    Yes!! I get a bit competitive about breathing, and spend my whole yoga class trying not to get too weird about it. For ages I kept wearing my fave pants, but always forgot until halfway into the class that the zip was broken …

  2. William permalink
    07/05/2011 9:41 pm

    What is the selective advantage of small toe nails that would drive them to extinction?

  3. David Geary permalink
    14/05/2011 5:07 pm

    ‘Life is short, stretch it’ – my fave yoga mantra … Geoff Dwyer’s YOGA FOR PEOPLE WHO CAN’T BE BOTHERED TO DO IT, is a great read. Yeah, i have the wildest thoughts doing yoga… i think the twisting actually releases the good stuff… There was an empty mat beside me last week and I just kept wanting to announce to everyone that it was doing – `UNKNOWN WARRIOR POSE` – but yoga peeps are not known for their humour. DG

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