My buddy tried yoga once, saying it was too hard.
I can imagine what happened. Surrounded by nubile beauties, mostly women. Bending like willows to the strains of music involving drums, harps, chanting. Moving fast, yoga pants and tight shirts leaving little to the imagination, each breath bringing a whole new pose.
How can anyone meet these kind of expectations?
Most of us can’t. That’s the whole point of American McYoga.
Here’s their sales message:
- You have to work like this instructor to become as beautiful as they are.
- You know you get your money’s worth because you
- are in pain, and
- because you can’t do it right.
Guess what? You CAN do it right, because there’s a secret they aren’t telling you.
There is no WRONG. Whatever way you can move, that’s YOUR way.
That beautiful instructor? That’s his way.
Raise your arms. Lower your torso. Twist those abs. Do it your way.
I found this yogi, Mark Whitwell, and this particular video of his says it best. Go to the 1:00 minute mark.
Whatever you do is right for you. Learning to put your heart, your breath, your body and your movement together is what yoga is all about.
That instructor trying to cook you in that hot room? They are trying to stuff you into a one-size-fits-all shoe.
Find yourself an instructor who lets you wear the shoe you want, the way you want. Your movement, your breath, your body, it’s all about you.
Yoga is you. The strange thing about this selfish exercise is that the more you do it, the more you become in tune with others.
I can’t explain it here, there’s no time, no room. But if you’re one of those who have tried yoga and ran away, or are intimidated by fancy pantsy instructors, think again.
It’s ALL about you. Forget the others, move the way your body lets you move.
Once you start moving, you’ll notice things, and you’ll start improving.
But, being a yogi, you’ll already know this basic fact.
You’re already perfect. So practice your perfection.