Weight-Resistance Yoga: Practicing Embodied Spirituality
Religion & Spiritualité / 15 janvier 2017

THE PATH OF WEIGHT-RESISTANCE YOGA When I tell my fellow weight-surrender yogins (devotees of asana practice) that I also practice weight-resistance yoga, they usually say to me, “What’s that?” When I explain that it’s a yogic discipline for performing strengthening exercises instead of flexibility exercises, they may say, “I’m strong enough. I don’t need to strength train.” Or: “My yoga practice provides sufficient strength training. I don’t need anything else.” Or: “I recognize the need for separate strength training. But I’m so put off by weight lifting, I’d never do it.” Or: “I already do some weight lifting. I don’t need to do anything different.” And if I’m able to gingerly convince them otherwise, they may still triumphantly say, smiling, “Yoga isn’t merely exercise for achieving fitness, you know. It’s a discipline for achieving liberation of self. How can your weight-resistance yoga match that?!” I’ll try to fully address all these matters the best I can. Why Weight-Surrender Yogins Need Strength Training Our lives are filled with somewhat difficult physical actions. Just consider those commonly done at home: scrubbing a bathroom floor, picking up a child, rearranging furniture, opening a pickle jar, climbing stairs, taking down a clay hanging planter,…