[Tagging] healthcare=alternative + sport=yoga

Robert Skedgell rob at hubris.org.uk
Wed Mar 31 20:40:50 UTC 2021

On 31/03/2021 20:57, Paul Allen wrote:
> On Wed, 31 Mar 2021 at 20:40, Robert Skedgell <rob at hubris.org.uk
> <mailto:rob at hubris.org.uk>> wrote:
>     There are also yoga classes for runners, cyclists and swimmers are at
>     the stretching end of strength and conditioning training. They're as
>     much sport=* as many other activities which one might do in a gym.
> And yet the end goal is meditation, not physical fitness.  The physical
> activity is a means to an end, not an end in itself.

No, the end goal of yoga rehab as an adjunct to physiotherapy, or a
class for endurance athletes is not meditation, it's the physical
exercise of stretching and balance. The objective is frequently to
reduce the risk of injury while training or competing, not the
contemplation of the infinite.

The instructor might throw in a few minutes of meditation in Shavasana
(corpse pose) at the end, but that's really not what people are paying
for in these cases. If someone accidentally signed up for one of these
classes expecting meditation or "mindfulness", they'd be disappointed.

Many general classes at a local leisure or community centre try to cater
for both the sport=yoga approach which is purely physical exercise and
those who want a more meditative approach

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