We're all on the Succession bandwagon and Stratosphere41 isn't mad about it.
If you haven't already binged the HBO series "Succession," what are you waiting for? The show follows the lives of the Roy family, a dysfunctional billionaire family fighting for control of their media empire. While the show may not seem like the most obvious connection to yoga and fitness, there are definitely some interesting ways the two can be tied together. In this post, we'll explore some of the themes of "Succession" and how they relate to the practice of yoga.
Power Struggles and Ego
One of the central themes of "Succession" is the struggle for power and control. The members of the Roy family are constantly fighting for supremacy, with their egos driving them to do whatever it takes to come out on top. And the games they play with each other are so hilariously pointless! This constant striving for power can be seen as a manifestation of the ego, which is something that yoga seeks to transcend.
In yoga, we learn to let go of our attachment to our ego and focus on our true selves. The physical practice of yoga can help us develop greater body awareness, leading to a deeper understanding of ourselves and our motivations. By becoming more self-aware, we can start to let go of our incessant attachment to power and control.
Stress and Anxiety
Despite having the world at their fingertips, the members of the Roy family are under constant stress, which can lead to anxiety and other mental health issues. The high-pressure world of corporate America can be incredibly stressful, and the characters of "Succession" are no exception -- even if they don't actually HAVE to work ;).
Yoga is a great tool for managing stress and anxiety. The physical practice of yoga can help release tension in the body, while the meditative aspects can help calm the mind. By practicing yoga regularly, we can develop tools to help us cope with stress and anxiety in our daily lives.
Relationships and Connection
While "Succession" may be focused on the relentless pursuit of undying power, the show also explores the complex relationships between the members of the Roy family. Despite their many flaws, the characters of the show are still human, with all the messy emotions and connections (and deadly mistakes, we're looking at you, Kendall!) that come with it.
Yoga teaches us to connect with ourselves and others on a deeper level. By cultivating a sense of compassion and empathy, we can develop more meaningful relationships with the people in our lives. Additionally, the physical practice of yoga can help us develop a greater sense of connection to our bodies, which can lead to a deeper sense of self-awareness.
In conclusion, "Succession" may not seem like the most obvious connection to yoga, but there are actually some interesting ways that the two can be tied together. Both explore themes of power, control, stress, anxiety, and connection. So, the next time you settle in for a binge-watch session of "Succession," consider taking a break to roll out your yoga mat and yoga towel and connect with yourself in a deeper way. Who knows? Maybe you'll find some new insights into the show or even yourself. I, for a fact, know I'll be watching every episode at least twice!