Stand Like A Winner

As a yoga teacher, I often say, “Your body is your emotional signature.”

It actually started from my wise eccentric grandmother who told me a long time ago, “Look at a man’s feet. If they are soft and namby-pamby, he is not to be relied on. He’d be off at the first sight of trouble.”

No truer words have ever been spoken, Granny.

It is so fundamental to yoga philosophy, too: you have to be firmly grounded to begin the practice. Life has not even begun if your standing leg is shaking. Do not proceed until you establish a strong base. Focus on your feet, spread your toes, engage your core, grow tall.

But here’s the piece: I notice students slouching in class, not because they are lazy, but because they have no core strength. Core strength…

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