More on Leonardo da Vinci's skills which mirror what you can gain from Hatha yoga. Although left-handed, da Vinci cultivated ambidexterity and switched hands regularly when he worked on masterpieces such as The Last Supper. Some scientists recommend balancing the body to balance the brain. I have engaged in spiritual growth exercises in which writing with my non-dominant hand was recommended to unleash more creativity. It was quite a challenge, but I did seem to have some profound insights while doing so - even with more illegible handwriting than usual!
When you start learning yoga you will quickly realize how dominant one side of your body is! I had great difficulty when I starting doing the should-hand clasp. The muscles on the less frequently used part of my body (I can't really remember which side it was!) were tighter and hampered my reach. When I began doing the alternate leg pull, I could touch my head to my right knee more readily than my left knee.than my left. I noticed when doing the alternate breath exercise the first few times, one of my nostrils was definitely "clogged" compared to the other. Such discoveries can be disconcerting. Again, patience is the rule. As you practice consistently, you will experience before long ,that hatha yoga will restore the natural balance that your body originally had!
Yoga Quotation of the Day: "Poise, balance, grace, and a beautiful carriage emerge naturally from the Yoga practice."~Richard Hittleman in Yoga 28 Day Exercise Plan.