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Keep It Simple, Swami !

Updated: Apr 7, 2023


What it comes right down to is....


Yoga makes you feel good.


And, to paraphrase the effervescent trickster know as Timothy Leary,


"You can't do good unless you feel good"


I came to yoga after suffering severe head trauma in a cycling accident. Fractured skull. Subdural hematoma. Swelling of the brain. I got a "Nabavi Cut", A clean incision named after the doctor who performed the surgery on my brain to release the pressure. Right above the hairline.


As I was wheeled into the operating room, I thought,


"It's the first time in my life I have to let go!"


I came out of surgery. I couldn't admit it at the time but my life as I knew it up to then was over. What did show was a loss of direction, depression, and a disdain for anti-seizure medicine.


I began to do yoga.


I woke in the morning feeling like shit (Please don't be offended. That's what it felt like)


I would do a yoga practice and feel better.


I woke the next morning feeling like shit.


I would do a yoga practice and feel better.


Soon it be came clear...


"Why don't I do this every day?"


EMDR? Polyvagal Theory? Mindfulness? Breathwork? Post-Traumatic Growth? Cross-Education Effect? Neuroplasticity? This was 1989. What I didn't know then that I know now is that those yoga classes that just "made me feel good" incorporated all those now-recognized healing, rewiring, and balancing modalities before these modalities were known.


That's a lot of value in one class or session.


More carrot and less stick.


More treat and less treatment.


Think about it.


Why do yoga?


Because it makes you feel good !


...


High love and yeehah...





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