So I do yoga about 20 minutes a day 5 days a week because it makes me feel good. I sleep better, my shoulders feel better yada yada. Really it isn’t as big a thing as people make it. I am always surprised when people say they are afraid to try yoga. What? Or that I must be really flexible because I do yoga. Um, I’m really not flexible, which is why I do yoga. They say a woman must really love a thing if she practices it with no hope of mastery. That is me and yoga.
Because I do yoga, I am on a few yoga email lists and I had a very interesting thing come across mid-week last week: Qi Gong classes. My acupuncturist (don’t get crazy about that either. No big deal) said it would be really good for me. I have no idea what that means, but I wasn’t there to argue the finer points of that comment.
‘Qi’ means ‘life force’ and ‘Gong’ translates to ‘work’ or ‘practice’. It is a 5 week class and I signed up for it. Starts tomorrow night.
So, of course I googled Qi Gong and found out lots of interesting stuff, but one thing really was super cool. It said that Qi Gong is about ‘going with’ rather than ‘doing to’. Interesting that they didn’t say ‘going with’ or ‘doing to’ your body. They just said, ‘going with’ rather than ‘doing to’. My guess is that it is a whole lifestyle thing.
So as I always do, I thought about that and horses. Some of my best rides have been when I have had the feeling of ‘going with’ the horse rather than ‘doing to’ the horse. Of course there are times when we have to ‘do to’, especially with green or unsure horses, who need to be shown the way. But when I get on and provide direction to a horse and then ‘go with’ it rather than ‘making sure it gets done’ in a micromanagement manner, the result is always not only better, but more enjoyable for both of us.
I am reminded of my yoga teacher who says that ‘how you do something is more important than what you do’. There’s a mind bender.