“Practicing yoga will cure 98% of all of your problems.” Wow, that would be nice, but it’s not true. “Practicing yoga will guarantee a 98% return on your investment retirement account each year.” Nope, that’s not true either.
However, “98% of the atoms in your body were not there a year ago”, according to Deepak Chopra. Now that’s true. So what does that mean? It means when you look in the mirror you are looking at this year’s model of yourself.
If you look closely at the Springs Yoga logo you will see a fluid-looking image of a human body coming from water like a brook or spring. The human body is similar to a spring in that when you step in a small spring or brook of water today, it may look exactly the same as yesterday, but it’s not made up of the same molecules of water.
Your body is similar. It looks the same but when a year goes by 98% of the atoms are replaced. It means that the human body is constantly changing with each breath, each meal, each drink, etc.
The change is determined partly by us, meaning the input we give it. For example, if we decide to do a pushup, the body’s response is to make the muscles stronger. If you walk a mile, the body makes the heart and lung capacity greater which in time will help decrease your chance of heart disease. If you practice downward facing dog, the body will lengthen muscles around the shoulders, backs of legs, etc. If you don’t do these activities the opposite response happens: the muscles get weaker, shorter. If you lay around on the couch and skip walking your heart and lungs get weaker, potentially increasing your risk of heart disease.
The outcome is based on the input you give your body. Each cell is always waiting for an instruction. All we have to do is tell our bodies what to do by being active, and it will respond accordingly.
The Springs in Springs Yoga is a reminder that it’s never too late. Go take a walk with a friend, do some squats, take a yoga class, ride a bike, and let your body do the rest.
Which activity is best? The one that you enjoy!