Himself's mother and sister both practice yoga regularly and have been trying to recruit me to it for years. Honestly and truly, I understand the benefits reaped in the form of flexibility and muscle tone and strength and balance, and I fully recognize that I need work in all of those areas. I've even gone so far as to acquire some yoga DVDs and a mat for home use and to take a few basic classes at the gym.
This morning, on a whim, I put one of those DVDs in the player and did a strength and flexibility session since the weather outside is abominable and my regular taekwondo class was cancelled. It was a good workout, and I know that I will be feeling some muscles that I don't use often tomorrow. But I also have to say that I turned it off before it ended, right in the middle of the cooldown part, because I was done hearing about meridians and chakras for the day. I could handle it until we got to the part where I was supposed to be visualizing a red light somewhere (I forget where) and an orange light in my pelvis and a yellow light in my navel: that just got too darned hokey for me. I didn't stick around to find out where the other lights would be and what color they are.
I know I sound narrow-minded, and I don't mean to be. My training as a scientist leaves me skeptical about a lot of this stuff, and yet I am fully aware that science does not know or describe everything. ("There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy" and all that.) For the time being, anyway, I will focus on the stretches and how my body feels and leave the chakra talk to others...perhaps even going so far as to employ the 'mute' button on the DVD player!