I am writing to let you know that your articles have made me realize a few things about fitness. I am a retired athlete (formerly with the Canadian National Ski Team) and I am now simply keeping myself fit. I see that, when you talk about stretching, you understand the movements we used to centre ourselves and elongate the muscles (rather than have them bunched up as bumps on our arms, thighs, calves). We used many of the same stretching tips that are in your book, but at that time we did not know that they were yoga-inspired. I now understand better what we were doing and why.

When you say to try to remember to breathe and to remind yourself to breathe, this is another thing that I do and I agree with you that this is very beneficial. It helps so much when I take three to five deep breaths from my belly up to my chest. It relaxes me immediately. It I take ten deep breaths, it is even better. My mind gets more centered, my system, body, relaxes, and it is like a, yes, “miracle”. To me, the breathing is extremely important in any kind of exercise. It is the base line to every movement, feeds the oxygen to our blood and gives us the strength and power to do the exercises, no matter what the discipline.