Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Bow Leg Fetish
Jim Kallet was my first Bikram instructor, he always has a inspiring dialogue and is still one of my favorite teachers. One day he walks in class all fired up says with this yoga you can do amazing things like bending bone, you can even straighten your spine with this yoga, when he said that I knew he was referring to me. My first thought great another charlatan telling me something that's impossible. Jim saw me roll my eyes in disbelieve and immediately said, hey how do you think cowboys got bowed legs. I had seen old pictures of cowboys with bowed legs and had all ways wondered how they got so curved. I tried to picture the process of a cowboy getting on his horse everyday and slowly torquing his legs. My mind works in strange ways sometimes so when I got home I started thinking if I was some nut who had a bowed leg fetish and wanted to bow my legs how would I do it and how long would it take? I thought if I sat on saddle for a couple of hours a day would that do it, probably not enough torque, how about on a horse walking, still not enough torque but when a horse is galloping their is lots of torque all that bouncing up and gravity forcing you down. So if I bought one of those bull riding machines and set it so it would bounce like a horse galloping and ride it two hours a day I could probably bow my legs in 8 to 10 years.
Jim Kallet planted the seed in my mind that it was possible to straighten my back by doing Bikram yoga. At the time I thought about how long it might take me and figured it would probably take me twenty years, because I had to fight all the forces that were causing my spine to curve in the first place.