The discipline of yoga is one of focus, breathing, and stretching out
both your mind and body. I think we can all agree on that, right? It's a meditative force which allows you to relax your muscles and stretch them farther than anyone would have thought possible. I know you seen some pretty far out there yoga pics online so I won't add them here. But I will say that if you found some Kama Sutra sex positions beyond imagining, some of the Yoga poses are equally challenging.
Essentially you stretch your boundaries, and alter your reality of what is and can be accomplished. Basically mind over matter. Levitation is possible through meditation although I've never seen it. It's also about balance. Balance is a major stumbling block for most stroke patients. I Googled, after my stroke a year ago looking for alternative thinking about recovery, "yoga post stroke" and ran across 500K discussions about it. I skimmed about a quarter of them of them, but the premise is the same as I stated above. I do hold a degree in herbatology and aromatherapy after all. Alternative or natural medicine is my pet love. It also falls within my survivalist mentality.
Are you getting the connection? Now for the last one ...Yoda. In the Star Wars movie, where the Frank Oz Muppet first appeared, Yoda was this old Jedi knight who taught young, training Jedis how to be Jedis by using the force. In Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Yoda says to Luke...
Yoda: Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes. Even between the land and the ship.
He related this to me the next morning. In disbelief I asked him if he was dreaming. He assured me that he was coming to bed when he noticed the movement. He said he watched me repeat it over ten minutes. I knew he wasn't crazy, but try as I might, I couldn't repeat it while awake. He watched each night for a repeat performance and two of the night five nights he was rewarded with a show.
|My hand and fingers today|
Picture is how my wrist, hand and fingers look today a year post stroke. Notice the fingers are NOT closed in a tight fist as they were earlier. Yeah Botox and last time around in OT. I'm still waiting on this new series of shots to work so I can begin again. But I digress...darn my "ADD/dyslexic" brain.
Focus all you mental powers on movement, relaxing muscles with focused breathing on outcome and achievement, and as Yoda says, "May the force be with you."
Nothing is impossible with determination.