Fast Walking & Breathing
The weather has been perfect for long fast-walking, I mean like 4-5 miles in less than an hour!
Although I’ve never been a jogger, I can outwalk most of my runner friends. Even before my years of doing standing warrior poses, I always had amazingly strong legs. And, I’ve been feeling a need to build endurance into my physical movements and this is by far the most beautiful way to do it -as I go up and down these marvelous hills in the Bay area.
Although I did participate in track and field as a teenager, I was never very strong and, looking back, part of what was missing was any awareness of how to work with my breath. Yoga taught me this much later. It’s not even any specific breathing technique, although knowing a simple thing like breathing through the nostrils instead of through the mouth helps.
Besides creating more stamina, this awareness of breath also connects you to your surroundings. As I glided through the streets at sunset I was participating in all the scents of the neighborhood: jasmine, eucalyptus, rosemary, lilies, lavender, dinner being served, animals sweating, lawns being watered, the wind, the moisture, the dryness of the leaves.