Psychologist Abraham Maslow argued that humans no longer have instincts because we have the ability to override them in certain situations. So, congratulations! We’ve learned in the last few hundred years how to outsmart our inherit inclinations that have helped us survive ever since our appearance about 300,000 years ago. We’re so smart, we’re dumb — in some cases at least.
Take the practice of recovery: Lately I’ve looked into the deep, layered history of yoga, and I’m discovering that though the Hindu of India supposedly show the first recorded evidence of yoga arguably six to seven thousand years ago, many ancient cultures from all corners of the world practiced their own version of poses, meditation, spiritual practices, and even mudras, which is a Hindi word for hand positions commonly used in yoga and meditation, and are believed to affect the flow of energy in the body. All of these practices balance a demanding life, promote recovery, and higher understanding.
There are many who believe that Kemetic practices from Egypt, which are illustrated in hieroglyphics and pyramid drawings, predate yogic practices from India. There are arguments that in the Yoruba of West Africa culture’s practice of ríró, — which means “elasticity” and is a practice of meditative stretch postures to awaken spirituality — came even before that.
Four-thousand-year old evidence shows that the Pre-Classic Mayan of Mexico and Central America practiced their own version including meditation, moving poses, and studying nature. There are theories that the Mayan traveled two, vast oceans to get to India to adopt yogic practices to bring them all the way back home, but I think Mesoamerican civilizations also tapped into their own instincts and developed practices that promoted optimal health and wellbeing linked to breath, recovery, and spirituality.
I am not a historian and I’m not in a position to argue which came first, but I do want to acknowledge that many ancient cultures had a form of “yoga”, which leads me to believe that our instinct as humans was to consciously relax and recover from a rigorous life. It was an important physical and spiritual practice. It is as important as any other practice in life. And personally I’m enjoying awakening this particular human instinct while honoring the ancient cultures who easily understood these things thousands of years ago.
10 DB Ski Swings
10 DB Renegade Rows
10 DB Thrusters
Every 3 minutes, a MT Freaky Friday twist …
Mini BB rollout
Mid Range Chair Sit
Hanging Chair Sit (alt grip)
6-8 Bottom Up Press
6-8 Inverted Row
15 min AMRAP
20 (10 & 10) Step Up/Step Through
12 Split Stance DB Clean
Partner A: 500m Row (Time Keeper)
20 KBS (20/12)
20 KB Front Rack Lunges
20 KB Figure 8’s up to shoulder (I know the movement, just don’t know the proper name!)
Rest of time AMRAP Situps