I've done a couple of yoga sessions this year, prompted by the fact that while I have a kind of elevated running mono-fitness I can sometimes barely move my body through any other range of motions. But the allure of flexibility has not been enough to keep me engaged and I feel very much like Geoff Dyer in his witty travelogue 'Yoga for People who Can't be Bothered to Do it' (2003).
Recalling a stay at a sanctuary resort in Thailand, Dyer writes:
'I didn't even do yoga. I was practically the only person who didn't. A lot of people did yoga even when they weren't actually doing it. They were always stretching or bending or just sitting in quite demanding positions. Everyone had perfect posture and walked as though gravity were an option rather than a law. I wished I 'd been doing yoga for years - but I was incapable of starting...
'Kate had heard 'I was some kind of writer' and wondered what kind of things I wrote.
'I have an idea for a self help book' I said. 'Yoga for People Who Can't be Bothered to Do it'
'But you can't be bothered to write it, right?'
'You stole my punch line,' I said.
(I have seen this filed in a bookshop under heath and fitness, but it is definitely not any kind of manual!)