“If you are true to your practice, complexity will dissolve.’
–Venerable Khandro Rinpoche
Snowshoeing and yoga have a deep-rooted history. Both have been in existence for thousands of years. Both are among the fastest-growing pursuits. We know the ever-increasing prominence of snowshoeing. It is estimated that 18 million people practice some form of yoga in the United States. Both require discipline and commitment. Obviously neither endeavor is a fad.
Yoga is the union between mind and body. It is a systematic approach toward mindfulness and equanimity through postures [asanas] and breathing techniques [pranayama]. It is the embodiment of spiritual, physical, and social growth. It is not religion although its origin in India was a spiritual path.
The Sanskrit, the ancient religious text and language of the Vedas and Hinduism, birthed the definition of yoga to essentially mean a union or fusion of the body and mind, of science and art, a “well-formed, refined, perfect or polished” method of discipline.
The philosophical and metaphysical impulse of yoga is dated about 5,000 years ago. The first written collection is credited to Indian sage Patanjali about 2,000 years ago. His Yoga Sutra is a treatise on yogic philosophy and provides the foundation upon which yoga is based today. The collection of 195 statements is considered the backbone of weaving human challenges with the universal truths of self-development.
“Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.”
Snowshoeing is often as strenuous as it is rewarding. Our sport is an integral part of advanced levels of fitness and vibrant health.
Mother Nature’s challenges are both invigorating and fraught with invaluable lessons applicable to daily life. The law of diminishing returns is one such lesson. It is human nature to test one’s snowshoeing limits without regard for its consequences. We begin to learn (or at least feel) the limits of our physical prowess during maturation.
Recovery has never been more important.
“Thou shalt not poison thyself.”
Nobody should have to recover from a meal.
The food you eat should nourish your body not deplete it. This principle is inherent to both your snowshoeing and your wellness. The subject of nutrition is in a paralyzing state of analytical mayhem. This is unfortunate and unnecessary.
Sports performance and wellness have long been viewed as a symbiotic relationship. Scientists have researched to exhaustion the role of almost every imaginable nutritive substance and its relationship to health and sport. Rarely has the wellness, longevity, or quality of life for the athlete or citizen been the impetus for such fatiguing effort.
Nutritional research is primarily funded by the manufacturers of supplements, prepared foods, pharmaceuticals, and the rest of it. Attempts to advance our foods via chemistry and science are geared toward proving the value of a given nutrient. This approach is backward.Continue
“Mastery is the natural result of mindfulness.”
Trail running and snowshoeing have been in existence for centuries and both sports have experienced explosive growth in recent years. The complementary nature of these art forms provides an ideal off-season cross-training platform.
Mastering the essence of said sports is an ongoing process. The fusion of mind and body, art and science, through discipline requires mindful practice. It is this mind-body interface that often delineates effort from struggle.
The learning curve on snowshoes is approximately 50-100 meters. Its kinesiology is nothing more than a pronounced version of running. The ethereal aspects of snowshoeing will become evident soon after the learning curve.