Confessions of a Babbling Yogi

Here's the thing about yoga—or, at least about *my* yoga: You're not always going to nail it 100%. And by "it," I mean the stereotypical yogic mindset, attitude, inner peace, and yadda yadda yadda. No matter what yoga is or is supposed to be or is to you, the fact remains that the practitioner is human, and humans sometimes slip up. Miss the mark. Fall on their literal and figurative faces.
+ Driving to class last night, I saw that there was a car accident at the intersection just up the hill from my studio. This held up traffic a bit, it being a busy four-way intersection. I had left especially early, as I tend to get to the studio about 15 minutes before class starts to scope out my spot and begin loosening up. When Donna came in and said we'd wait a couple extra minutes (beyond our scheduled start time!) for the yogis who might have been caught in that traffic, I did not feel very zen. I did not feel very compassionate for the people involved in the accident or tied up in the fallout. I was a pouty, grumbly, selfish yogi who just wanted to get the hell started already. How kind of me, right?

+ Every class, the yogis in the class after mine show up 10-20 minutes early—despite the fact that there's nowhere for them to go except the studio we are still occupying—and stand outside the thin glass doors and chit chat right over our shavasana. I can't tell you how frustrated this makes me. How can you be a regular practitioner of yoga and be so unaware of the intrusion you're casting over an entire class of people who are trying to find some quiet? It's a miracle if I can push past my frustration with them and surrender even a teeny tiny bit into quiet. Mostly I just want to yell at them and throw shade to each one whose path I cross on the way out. Namaste.

+ I caught up with an old friend a few nights ago and, well, let me just paint the picture: He's tall, broad, and a member of the military. Guy's in excellent shape—he can literally bench press me and he can run 3 miles faster than I can run 2. But the second he said he had some low back pain, you better believe I got down on the floor and started showing him how to do cat/cows, spinal twists, low bridges, and sphinx pose. Because listen...yoga fixes everything.

+ When he scoffed at me for it, I scoffed right back. And when he told me the next day he'd dreamt about cat/cow stretches, I felt mighty and wise and just a littttttle bit gloaty. Because yoga fixes everything.

+ After almost every studio class—but never after home practice, oddly enough—I crave ice cream or a milkshake. ONLY after class does this craving strike. I have no explanations.

I'm linking these confessions up with the delightfully different (and freshly 25—go wish her a happy belated birthday!) Melissa, and joining in on the awesome Kelsey's Secret Blogger Club.

What do you have to own up to today?

Comments

  1. AGH people messing me up during shavasana make me super stabby! Luckily the studio I used to go to here had really good walls so you could barely hear anything when people showed up before they really needed to. Reading your yoga post is really giving me an urge to get my butt to a yoga class soon!

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  2. LOL people who are passionate about something always try to convert others because hello, it's the only way to do it. i love lifting so when my friend started asking me questions, i knew deep down he really wanted me to train him so i made him do all these crazy circuits even though he protested like crazy. of course, i knew that was just his way of thanking me so i kept at it and when he told me that people were commenting on he's lost weight/looks good, i was like, hell yeah! haha!

    i'm surprised the yoga studio doesn't shush those people. the yoga studio i go to have a strict NO TALKING policy in the entire facility unless you're at the front desk and if you're being too loud, they'll come up to you and shush you right then and there!

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  3. I love your cravings after yoga!! I think that yoga is so amazing and the benefits far outweigh the fact that I just can't get zen lol! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  4. i always crave milkshakes, yoga or not.
    i have been having low back pain the last couple of days so THANK YOU i am totally doing all of those when I get home, you're the bom ticking.
    seriously though, at my studio at home people would get kicked out if they arrived early and weren't quiet. once, this girl ENTERED the class because she saw a free spot and figured she would set up early.. the teacher looked at her quizzically but didn't say anything. then another person came in and the first was like 'omg julie over here, there was space so i just decided to come in, omg how was work?' and the teacher was like 'julie, friend - get out and do not come back until you have common courtesy'. it was like, the best thing ever. the girls laughed - i was so embarrassed for them - because they thought she was joking. NO. DON'T BE RUDE.

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  5. *bomb ticking, bom is not a word.

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  6. Considering I'm fallin down half the time during my practice I wouldn't exactly say I reach zen every time. I totally agree with you that yoga fixes everything, physically and mentally. Thanks for joinin the club!!

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  7. If you solve his back pain, he better come back & apologize for scoffing at you :)

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  8. I love that you showed him how to fix his back pain. I cant tell you how many things yoga has been helping with. Might be tmi for the comment section hehe.

    Ive never even been to a group class and I know it would be intrusive to stand and chat when a session is completing. Seriously what is wrong with people.

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  9. I love how passionate you are about your yoga!!!! I truly believe that yoga does fix just about anything, even if I can't get in to it myself. Oh how I want to!

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  10. I always want a smoothie after my workout classes!

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  11. I like the photo! I would be careful of the knee going forward past the ankle. But I see that you're probably making your point that yoga is not always 100 percent. :)

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    1. Thanks! In actual practice I set up with a wider stance, but to snap the photo (in kind of a hurry!) to the satisfaction of my photographer a slight sacrifice had to be made ;)

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  12. I don't have a lot of inner zen -- I am a rather easily frustrated gal ha ha. I can totally understand your frustrations though! I would definitely say something to the chatterboxes that interrupt your yoga class. That is really disrespectful!

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  13. It's good to keep it real! We are all human, and sometimes things aggravate us. Stopping over from The Secret Bloggers Club.

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    1. Exactly! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  14. okay so im 100% trying to get into yoga so i feel like you are clearly the person to talk to so when im back from Vancouver we are going to have a skype DATE YES?!

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  15. I can't believe the studio doesn't do/say anything about the chatty people?! That's so weird that they do that. You'd think the people who care enough to show up that early to class are also the people who would be respectful of other people's practice, no?

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  16. Do you think the ice cream / milkshake requirement is coping for your interrupted shavasana? Or does your anger subside with frozen deliciousness. I must know, I'm fascinated.

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  17. I feel all of these! I can't imagine having such annoying people come right at the end of your session--at my college yoga class sometimes people barge in without checking if there's a class, but in my hometown Y they're usually pretty good. I LOVE cat/cow and do both that and child's pose each morning to stretch out and wake up :) I really need to get back into regular practice--outside of my very brief morning stretches I haven't had any time (thank you these >.<). As for ice cream after yoga...I always have that urge when running, and my friends and I sometimes run TO the ice cream store across town xD

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