On yoga - my first impressions
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I heard Kyle Hendricks, one of the Cubs pitchers, practices yoga. He says it helps him a lot with maintaining control over the location of his pitches and keeping his emotions out of the ballgame, if I recall correctly. Since I'm very open to new things and new ideas, I decided to read up on yoga and try it out.
Here's a few notes:
- The vocabulary sucks.
- Having all these new words that are extremely confusing and don't have a very specific definition, or even any sort of translation, just makes me think that it's a kind of "barrier of entry" to newcomers. A sort of "we're better than you because we use these fancy words like Asana and Chakra".
- Some of these positions are really weird. Like the Corpse one.
- Yoga doesn't actually have a precise definition either. Plus there's like.... 15-20 types of yoga. So what's up with that.
- The barrier of entry for this is REALLY high. There are so few reliable resources on the internet. The top hit for yoga is a website that's more about women's health and "feelgood" stuff rather than yoga.
- Which brings me to another point: yoga is VERY geared towards women, which is fine and all, but... it feels as if they shun men a little bit. I don't want to believe that.
- Yoga mats are really expensive. No, really. 100 GBP for a mat?
- Some of the position descriptions/movement descriptions are terrible. "Expand the base of your skull" is a good example of a terrible description. I don't understand what's being said because obviously I can't expand a bone.
- On the other hand, it feels really relaxing to just lay there and focus on the position of each of your body parts.
Overall I think I'd be willing to try yoga again. I'm more interested in its meditative properties than its exercise value, however. I also don't think I'll be visiting a class any time soon, if ever - given how yoga became a kind of fad, I think it's safe to assume there are plenty of instructors out there who have no idea what they're doing.