TD 302T Reading - What Does It Feel Like #2

TD 302T Reading - What Does It Feel Like #2 - What Does It...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
What Does It Feel Like? Have you ever been on a long airplane flight or train ride! Or worked at your desk for hours without stopping? Or done anything where you've been stationary for extended time spans? Most of us have. You're in the seat of the airplane or car, for example, cramped and unable to move much; your back, neck, and legs ache; your shoulders stiffen and become increasingly tense; and the very inactivity makes you uncomfortable, antsy, and tired. Surely, this is familiar. At the end of the trip when you finally climb out of` your seat, what do you do? Just naturally, without even thinking about it, you move and stretch. Haven't you done this? You can observe people at airports doing this all the time. You stretch, wriggle, writhe, arch your back, shrug, and circle your shoulders, turn your head, stretch your neck . .. and this makes you feel better. It helps get the kinks out. A similar thing happens first thing in the morning when you wake up. Actually, most people do not stretch on waking, though you have probably done it occasionally, and you've certainly seen animals do it, especially cats and dogs. If you try it tomorrow morning, though, if when you awaken you stretch, wriggle, and writhe for a few moments - squeezing and stretching your muscles, exhilarating yourself with the feeling of stretch and energy flow, and allowing yourself to assume various spontaneous contortions - you may be surprised at how nice it feels and how quickly you wake up. Yoga is something like this. Yoga is a sophisticated system for achieving radiant physical health, superb mental clarity and therefore peace of mind, as well as spiritual insight, knowledge edge, and understanding. It is a complete system for total psychosomatic spiritual health. It's a way of learning to live in happy harmony with life. And, as with a cat stretching as it awakens, yoga wakes you up - gently - and makes you feel wonderful. The more yoga you do, the more awake you will become, both literally and figuratively, and it feels wonderful while you are doing it. In yoga you stretch as though it were first thing in the morning, much like a yawn. Do it now. Yawn. Open your mouth and initiate a yawn. Observe how the yawn comes from deep inside you and reverberates outward. Feel the energy of the yawn radiating outward into the atmosphere. Notice how pleasant it feels. Do it again. This is the action and feeling to become familiar with . .. that of expanding and stretching yourself open from the inside out. Now do several slow neck rolls. Sitting erect, lower your chin toward the breastbone and allow your head to hang limply. Look downward or close your eyes, and simply relax in this position for ten or twenty seconds. Breathe softly. Allow the stretch to penetrate. Feel what's happening. Then raise your head, tip it to the right, and allow your head to relax toward the right shoulder. Experience the sensations of stretch along the left side of your neck as you allow the stretch to penetrate and
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 01/25/2012 for the course T D 301 taught by Professor Skeiker during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas.

Page1 / 4

TD 302T Reading - What Does It Feel Like #2 - What Does It...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online