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"Physical pain is no longer an obstacle to my meditation"
by Nicolas G.
I have been sitting in meditation for more than forty years (if you are interested in some of my thoughts about that, check out www.lodrochodrak.com). One of the main problems has always been getting the sitting posture right. I remember attending a long meditation retreat a few years ago, with about 35 participants. One of the participants complained that her legs hurt. The teacher asked the group whether there was anyone in the
room not in physical pain. No one raised their hand.
After many years of practice I got to the point where I could get into the lotus position (padmasana), which is the preferred meditation posture in most traditions, but holding it for any length of time was painful. Moreover, a meditation instructor I was working with told me to stop using that posture because in the long run, he thought, I would damage my hip joint.
Then I met Kimm Marks. She has an impressive insight into my body and its problems, and is able to communicate her insight in ways that I can use. Now, after working with her for about a year and a half at Equivita, I can easily get into lotus positon and hold it comfortably for considerable periods of time. Physical pain is no longer an obstacle to my meditation. Of course, now there are other obstacles ...
Another example of Kimm's effectiveness as a yoga instructor is my lower back problem. I am 71 years old. Everyone my age has back issues. In my case, the issue is a lumbar lordosis. Before starting to work with Kimm, that pain was chronic. It has not completely gone away, but most of the time I do not notice it.
But the most important reason to study yoga with Kimm is that she makes it fun. Before I met her, I knew that hatha yoga was good exercise, that it would help me relax and be more flexible, that it had a spiritual dimension that is important to me. What I did not know is that yoga is beautiful. Often, when I work with her, a pose that seemed difficult and unnatural gradually begins to seem comfortable. It starts to feel right. And after a while, it is so attractive that I end up practicing it at home on my own. There can be no clearer sign of good teaching than that.