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Mar 2011

Wow, is it just me, or does it seem like there is a lot of tension flowing through the media these last couple of months? Perhaps some of that tightness we feel in our bodies isn't just our own creation.

So I was delighted to listen, on American Public Media, to an antidote. An interview of yogateacher Seanne Corn by Krista Tippet, where she reflects on our culture of intensity and tension. Listening to her insights for our modern lives makes me glad that America has not only embraced but contributed to the lineage of yoga - 


"Culturally we are addicted to our tension - we use it to avoid dealing with our feelings - controlling our rage, fear, desire, sadness and anxiety"

"Yoga invites us to take the bandaid off the wound, actually heal our emotions"

"Yoga leads us to be physically stimulated, mentally grounded - not hyper, not depleted"

"Many physical forms give us benefits of detoxification and increased flexibility. what is unique about yoga is the deep / rhythmic breathing, which engages the parasympathetic nervous system"

And I LOVE this one - "you don't have to be strong or flexible to be graceful"

Rather than seeing yoga as primarily physical exercise, Seanne focuses its value for those living in times of high stress. Sounds like now! Although, actually, having been researching medieval time-periods recently, maybe stress is a persistent human experience. Maybe that's why yoga has been around so long...