27 October, 2020

Kick That Bucket Seat

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Kick That Bucket Seat

On a sultry May afternoon, I was talking to a bunch of babus, and had just pulled up their spines, literally, and had made solid arguments (or so I thought) about the ills of sitting. About how spinelessly we sit on our chairs, rounding our delicate lower backs and straining our necks, and refuse to sit up or stand even while the spine groans in pain. About the human physiological needs to stand, run, twist, move, and reasoned that sitting was the new smoking.

One of them raised his hand and started with, “Madam, I strongly disagree”. What followed was a discourse on how we are meant to practice the two ‘best’ asanas—siddhasana and padmasana that can ‘cure spine ailments’ and can even lead to spiritual evolution.

It broke my heart, not that I could not convince him, but about how as Indians we are most guilty of misunderstanding and abusing our priceless and timeless wisdom of yoga and ayurveda. How easily we have converted and reduced the two to just ‘sarvangansana for thyroid’, ‘nadishodhan for...



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