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Posted on 09-01-2015
I know there are folks out there that clean the house before the cleaning person comes or scrub the dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. There are also people that don’t try new things unless they have some assurance they’ll be good at it.
I’ve been practicing yoga a long time and have been teaching it now for a year. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had this conversation.
“Blah blah blah, yes I practice yoga.” I say.
“Oh, yeah. Yoga. I would try that but I’m not flexible enough.” They say.
I love you all, but that makes me want to pull my hair out.
Or there are the other “reasons” people don’t try a yoga lesson like being male or being overweight or having some physical limitation or being of a certain religion or not having time. Honestly, it seems like there are a group of people out there that sit around thinking of all sorts of reasons and then they sell these reasons to people I come across.
Here’s my stance.
Some truths about me so you have some context as to why to believe me. Yes, I am a consumer who gets caught up in the sparkly, new things. And, yes, I’m a bit impetuous and usually don’t pause to consider all the reasons why I should or shouldn’t buy something. However, I’m also prone to bouts of boredom and laziness. It’s very difficult for me to incorporate something new into my daily or weekly routine. I’ve had memberships to at least 7 different gyms and have cancelled all of them for really lame reasons but primarily because I didn’t want to go.
The two things that I have started in my life and have continued regularly? Yoga and running. I’ve been practicing yoga for 20 some years. I’ve been running for the past 2 and some years. Both things are part of my daily and weekly routine. I schedule things around yoga and running. I spend my money on things related to yoga and running. Books, classes, movies, food to support both things, proper clothing, and events. Nearly all things in my life revolve, in one way or another, around these two things that I do for myself.
Both things I can do either at home or can start from home. Both things have a community of people (in Sanskrit a sangha) I adore and respect. Both things make me feel good inside and out. And both things allow me/force me to be away from the computer/cellphone/Facebook and in my own head. I cannot multi-task.
Yoga is something that is so broad of a thing that there really is no excuse for not attempting some part of it. I am someone who loves a good discussion, so if you have questions about yoga, please, contact me! This is one of those topics I can talk about for hours. I believe in it passionately, but respect you more. Leave comments. Ask questions. But if you really aren’t interested in yoga, please let’s just move on to something else.
Yoga truly is for everybody and every body. Many folks say it, but it really is true.
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