At the moment, I’m vacationing in Indiana to see family. Over the course of the last few days, my 20-year-old has coined the phrase “casual yoga” to describe the stretches or folds that I tend to go into when I’m sitting on the floor or just standing around for a long time. He uses it to tease me “oh, just doing a little casual yoga again, Mom?” He’s a smarty pants. I think he views it as odd or even overly yogi-like, but I really barely even know that I’m doing it unless someone calls my attention to it.
Yoga asana has become enough of a part of my life that it is how my muscles remember to behave. When I sit on the floor, half lotus is a comfortable position. If my back is a little stiff, I’ll fold into a forward fold (not at a meeting or anything, but just hanging around the house). If I’m standing for a long period, one leg will occasionally creep up onto the other ankle and I’ll barely see that it has. The really nice part about this is that it means I end up getting in a little stretching on days when life is making it hard to get to a class. The disadvantage, I suppose, is that I apparently look a little odd. But, that’s really never stopped me before!
Do you find yourself sliding into yoga poses without even noticing? Are you a victim of “casual yoga?”