Many of you have been lying awake at night wondering when Yoga classes would return to Hidden Hill. Well, how about this Saturday at 11:30 a.m., when Tami Combs returns to liven up the wooded area by our magnificent double-pond waterfall with the sight and sounds of people stretching body parts that haven’t been stretched in a while.
AAAArrrggggg comes to mind.
The full details of all that will appear below all this drivel, as in Tami’s yoga time, precise location and available medical treatment. So keep reading.
Like Yoga bending.
But just for fun I GOOGLED up the history of Yoga, wondering where all this necessary pain began, and what can a Bob Blog writer with a nearly 74-year-old body and a chronic aversion to stretching in public or private do about it.
My first surprise was that the old New York Yankees catcher Yoga Berra – the guy who once opined “Nobody goes there any more, it’s too crowded” – had nothing to do with it.
One GOOGLE site dated Yoga back to 3500 to 1500 BC in the Indus Valley Civilization – that’s maybe 5,500 years on our Gregorian calendar, itself created by Pope Gregory XIII who released it in October, 1852, just about the time The Hudson River Gang began painting river-soaked calendar scenes.
Timing is everything.
Scoff if you like about Yoga being around that long, but the truth is Americans did not invent the world. In fact, the same history reported this observation from Cicero the Orator, who himself dated to about 106 B.C.: “To be ignorant of what happened before one was born is to remain ever a child.”
So tell that to the folks who created that Noah’s Ark thing up in Kentucky.
In somewhat the same vein, historians have found stone seals – not the swimming kind – which depict Yoga figures as old as 3,000 years, or roughly half the age of the universe as measured in Northern Kentucky.
Moving forward, Yoga was first introduced in the West – meaning the world west of Asia and not Cheyenne, Wyoming – in the early 19th century.
It was first studied as part of “Eastern philosophy” and began as a movement around the 1930s with Maharishi Mahesh, the Yogi (not Berra) who popularized Transcendental Meditation.
As we all know, the Beatles took it over from there.
Anyway, and any name you want to give it, stretching the body and putting your mind in benign neutral is as good as it can get.
Tami can take care of that for you. Come see her Saturday. As she says: “Blessed are the flexible because they never get bent out of shape.”
Words to live by.