How to Respect Your Body

The way we live is destructive to the body.

There is no respect towards its needs and demands. We destroy, little by little, that precious, complex, vital vessel of life we received at birth. Why? For ambition? For a final cause? For the sake of our children, family, for the “superior” mind, the “higher” self, the glorification of the brain, enlightenment…?

When some difficulty arises we can always find a different movement, since the body is surprisingly able to adjust itself. It has own intelligence and is willing to cooperate in finding a solution to any problem. One has only to approach problems with patience, care and attention.

People have all kinds of misconceptions about yoga. One must not think that the exercises are going to give one a higher perspective in a mystical or spiritual direction. They are simply refreshing the body, like a shower, cleansing us form the dirt and impurities accumulated during the day. It is like tuning an instrument before playing.

Yoga has nothing to do with acrobatics or spectacular exhibitionism, even though some poses look rather like it. Students are sometimes inclined to force the flexibility of their bodies to the maximum, but this leads nowhere.

Yoga goes much deeper.

— From the book “Awakening the Spine” by Vanda Scaravelli