I came across this enlightening sloka in a book by the cartoonist Scott Adams (creator of Dilbert):
“There are two types of yoga:
1. The kind that hurts like crazy
2. The kind that looks like you’re sleeping.”
My column at welldoing.org this week explores the second variety: it’s a beginners’ guide to yin yoga and restorative yoga. Read it here.
The operative word is “looks like you’re sleeping”. Anyone who has spent ten minutes in a yin yoga pose knows that there’s an epic adventure going on behind the scenes. An intimate, inescapable confrontation with your inner life that can be emotionally shredding, physically exhausting, ecstatically joyful and deeply boring, sometimes all in quick succession.
Definitely not a nap, anyway.