Downward Facing What?!


Today I went to a yoga class. For all of you who aren’t familiar with yoga, it doesn’t involve learning to use the Force and talking backwards.  Apparently, the goal of yoga is to get you “in touch with your inner self.” Now, I don’t know if I’m the kind of guy who’s okay with touching my inner anything, but I figured I might as well try it. And for something that’s supposed to at least be “relaxing,” it was a bit stressful at first; contorting myself into 18 different “poses” in front of a bunch of strangers isn’t exactly my style, either. But everyone seemed to mind their own business, and I think I did okay until we got to Downward Facing Dog (or Butt In the Air, as I called it).

I think just about any new experience–skydiving, your first day at a new job, driving on the freeway–can be stressful, but once you get the hang of it, you realize it’s pretty good for you. Just start out slow and easy and work your way up, sort of how I began with the Cow Pose; by the time I got to Downward Facing Dog, I felt pretty confident. And the proper attire never hurts.

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    Thanks Joe,
    I grew up in upstate New York and currently live in Vermont. Most of my adult life has been lived in New England but I continued a Yankee fan until last year when you felt compelled to leave New York and move to LA to begin a new dynasty with the Dodgers.
    For the first time in my life my team loyalty followed the manager rather the team. You are a class act and I am thrilled that my new team is in first place. Good luck in the post season.
    I love your blog.


  2. ashley619

    Mr. Torre the yoga master!
    Hey Mr. Torre, I can’t say enough about what you’ve done so far this season.
    My only concern is that Kershaw might be pitching way too much…. he is 20 years old!
    Keep all the young players and we’ll dominate!
    Kuroda, Kershaw, Billingsley, Elbert, Lindblom!


    Ah, Joe, keep up the yoga. Eventually, your inner warrior will shine through, even if your outer warrior is looking a bit defeated!

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