The Stretching Exercises
Soma wanted to teach me stretching exercises to help my back pain. She herself takes regular stretching exercises. A Canadian had written a book called, Oh, My Back Pain! or something like that. She had read that book, and she showed me some stretching exercises that it recommended. They were really difficult. I deeply appreciated and admired her flexibility.
There was one particular exercise that she tried to show me, but she was unable to do it properly. “I am also getting old,” she admitted.
My sister, Lily, happened to be with us. So Lily said to her, “Yes, I can see you are getting old.” Soma is 13 years younger than Lily. Anyway, Lily immediately did that particular exercise so easily and quickly. Lily put us to shame. I surrendered because I cannot bend that much.
Six or seven exercises Soma showed me. Alas, I could not do even one. She wanted me to learn those exercises so that I would have no more back pain.
Sri Chinmoy, My Express Visit To India.First published by Agni Press in 1995.
This is the 1096th book that Sri Chinmoy has written since he came to the West, in 1964.