I was reading an article yesterday about mountain climbing as a sport that requires extreme fitness. (The article is in the current issue of this magazine.) What I found fascinating in the sample week of workouts was the determined inclusion of yoga.
While yoga has obvious fitness benefits in building a lean, strong, and flexible body, one of the points of its inclusion in the workout plan was its development of mental focus. Mountaineering is not just a whole body sport; it is a whole person sport, requiring as much from the brain as the muscles and bones.
Taking the time to meditate, to tune in, to move purposefully and mindfully builds our fitness. We need those qualities of mind as well as body in our daily lives.
Tree pose, anyone?