Stretching, more stretching and even more stretching. Power, more power and even more power. Doing Ashtanga yoga is relaxing and at the same time suffering. Within a month we are trying to double up the power we have in our bodies. It’s putting a strain on my body that seems to be built for sports that require stamina and not for sports that require a lot of thick, strong muscles. A massage would be a precious gift, but our days are so long there isn’t a lot of time to go and get one. And even if there was, there is always my wallet that is as inflexible as my body.
Giving myself a massage isn’t an option as well. The pain that is killing me, is mostly located in my lower back and between my shoulder blades. Not an ideal spot. But there is an option, Gaurav teaches us; my feet. Not that I can make it with my feet to my shoulder blades. I’m far from that flexible, but I can massage my feet and by massaging them heal my back and shoulders.
Ten big energy channels run through my feet and all end in the tops of my toes. The souls off my feet are full of points who have a relationship with points within my body, like my eyes, ears, shoulders, lungs. The best of all: the arch on the inside of my feet corresponds with my spine. Instead of massaging the muscles around my spine I can simple massage the inside of feet, between my heel and the ball of my feet; giving myself a relaxing, helping hand. To get to my neck I massage the inside of the ball of my feet. My intestines: just massage underneath my feet.
Skeptical and curious as I am about this foot reflexology I start to massage my feet in between classes and just before I go to bed. I can’t say if it is the massages or that I’m just worn out by now, after all this training, but night after night I fall in a deep, relaxing sleep, just as Guarav has promised.
This is and old story. I wrote this at the end of 2010, when I went to India for the first time, to do my first Yoga Teacher Training. I finally translated it in English. My first yoga teacher training was the starting point to walk to path of yoga seriously.