I was watching the news today and a report came out about the first ever International Yoga Day. What a great idea.
The prime minister of India was seen practicing along with five thousand other people.
It’s great that health and exercise are coming to the forefront. There’s an epidemic in this country and others, of people not really taking care of their health.
In the east they’ve known for centuries that steady, moderate exercise is the key.
In the west, sometimes we work out too hard. Not that working out hard is a bad thing, but done to excess it can be.
Find something you like doing and then do it every day. The key here is to be able to do it every day. The activity has to be mild enough that you don’t have to kill yourself to do it. Because no matter how dedicated you are, if it’s too hard, you won’t be able to keep it up.
I’ve been doing the short Yang Tai Chi form for over 15 years, every day, twice a day, jut like Professor Cheng Man Ching suggested.
Whenever I don’t do it, for whatever reason, I can feel the difference in my joints. I immediately start to stiffen.
Having the daily routine is essential to stay limber and healthy. Remember that health in the east is associated with the flow of “chi” or energy. When you do your routine of chi kung or tai chi or yoga, you get the energy moving and this is great for the body.
Make sure you’re not working too hard. You want to be able to do a little every day. Soon it’ll be part of your lifestyle and you’ll miss it when you don’t get a chance to do it.
Your body will thank you.
This is Master Lu Zijian. The video says he’s 117 years old. I don’t know how true that is. But even if he’s just in his 70’s, this is impressive. How many western 70 year olds you know that can do this?