Bare Feet = Yoga

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    I went to a house party with my wife last weekend, she knew two people there and I knew nobody.
    It was in the teens F , so I was wearing jeans and a sweater. I slipped out of my Vivo Barefoot Ra's at the door, Diane shed her fleece lined clogs at the same spot.
    Of course I knew nobody else's completely bare feet would be showing, but we've become used to it.
    So other than that we acted like normal folk would, enjoying the live band and snacks and adult beverages.
    A woman our age smiled and nodded at me saying "you do a LOT of Yoga, don't you!"
    I had to confess to her that I have never attempted a pose in my life.
    The poor thing looked SO confused, she STILL probably hasn't figured out how she could have been so totally thrown for a loop.
     
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    Thanks, and Namaste back at 'ya!
    I actually can really enjoy reading and learning from those links.
    And, possibly one day I'll find a way to incorporate spirituality into
    my efforts at physical well being,
    but for now the two still remain separate in my case.
    My wife on the other hand can do it all....
    before mindfulness became the craze she was all over letting your mind drift on aimlessly,
    even paying the fee for the correct mantra to allow for it.
    At least the mindful technique is now readily available for free.
    Just as I've never Posed, I've never intentionally been a Poseur either.
    But, TWICE now while walking down city streets barefoot (once in Ann Arbor MI and the other time in Royal Oak MI) I've been asked where I instruct at. Since I was pretty sure they weren't referencing beer tasting , it was only a matter of seconds before the Yoga misconception again became apparent.
    Maybe I should open a studio of my own (but hire Yogis as instructors that really know what they're doing!)
     
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    LB, if I may, RE instructing, I say it's your "vibe"/aura, more than barefeet. :) Cheers
     
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    Thanks, I'll take it as a compliment I guess.
    Just had an idea though....an ap for iphone and Android that allows you to take a quick pic and the person in the center of focus's aura is detailed in print!
    It wouldn't have to be accurate or anything.....they still have huge readership of the daily horoscope after all.
    I really should start to spend some time practicing Yoga which is now widely recommended by even the traditional health care establishment.
    One day.....
     
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    People ask me if I'm ex-special forces or CIA. What am I doing wrong?
    In any case, I guess it's hard to be middle-aged, fit, barefooted, and have short or shaved hair and not be something out-of-the-ordinary.
     
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    I got that once.
    " What branch of the military did you retire from?"
    Draft lottery # 202, never even called for a physical let alone service.
    A few years ago I read about a 60 year old U.S. dentist who sold his practice after 35 years at it and enlisted in the Army! For the first time ever they credited his years of general practice the way they do a specialist and allowed him to enter as a Major rather than Captain.
    Who knows, maybe I still can serve!
     
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    Guilty -- love it!

    As for aura, scientists today can measure energy fields of 4-8 feet for each of us -- many hypothesize our fields extend far farther.

    The physical practice of yoga is but a dot on its landscape, but does have real benefits. As important as form is to runners, I think especially the BF crowd will find the poses (and breathing!) very interesting. Cheers!
     
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    Maybe come Autumn.........
    Reminds me, in the now deceased BRS mobile I had a sheet of silvery-grey marine vinyl that I occasionally used as a privacy curtain. I kept it rolled up and secured to the van ceiling with bungees and cable ties.
    Two different people assumed it was my Yoga mat!
    I guess I've had way too many signals telling me that it's time to embrace my inner Yogi, I'll have to give it a try before the Winter Solstice.
     
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    some guys at school tried making fun of me for doing yoga. i told em "ya, it's horrible seeing hot women in tights". they agreed sheepishly.
     
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    Is it only in the U.S. where Yoga is thought of as a chick thing?
    Is it because women are more likely than men to participate in group led exercise classes?
    Or maybe men would rather grunt and use bursts of power instead of doing something mellow and peaceful?
    If I were single and looking I'd go to Yoga class every day!
    Probably get really cool custom mats too.
     
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    I do a lot of yoga since 2 years now (iyengar)
    I can see so many links between what I learn from my teacher and my barefoot running, really
     
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    Sounds interesting. What kind of links?
     
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    vertical posture, be tall
    relax, no tension (neck/shoulders/head) (KB Saxton first rule : relax relax relax)
    open the chest
    look for the effortless effort
    listen to your body
    pain is not part of the path (cucuzzella says "running is not a battle between your body and you")
    consciousness
    quality of breathe, breathing as the most important part of everything
    be in the moment (dont run with music for example)
    listen to all the details, in every single part of your body
    let the energy flow, the prana (reflexology thinks that with shoes energy stagnates in the shoes)

    for the diet also : dont eat to much, of course...
     
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    oh and the hips
    doing yoga we always spend a lot of time (too much !) opening the hips
    guess what, it helps for the natural running
     
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    on Cucuzzella' video :
    "get strong on the right places, get loose on the right places"

    this is definitely yoga
     
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