Who cares how bendy you are if you’re not a nice person.
If you can touch your toes or bend backwards, that’s cool. But really I just want to ask you, are you a nice person?
I’ve been around the yoga scene in New York City for a long time. Tried millions of styles of yoga, certifications and studios around New York and California. I’ve also met and worked with lots of yoga teachers, read tons of blogs and (lately) seen tons of bendy photos on Instagram. And you know what- it’s time to get real. Since when did yoga become such a competition? Since when were you advanced or cool if you could be bendy? When did it start to matter so much? I think we are missing something here..
That’s not what lifes about. I’m not sure what being a nice person has to do with yoga, but I think they are related somehow. Isn’t “being a nicer person” a general goal in life? If we spent a week reaching for and working on being nice to others as much as we do on getting into a handstand, I think we’d see some pretty cool stuff.
Don’t worry so much about posing, on or off your mat. Look others in the eye. Feel good about yourself. Love others. I’ve seen too many people do advanced “yoga’ on their mats and than be a jerk to someone behind the counter or completely rude to someone in the lobby. Am I missing something?
It’s easy to keep to yourself, push your hamstrings and fold over every day to reach some goal of making your body make a certain shape. But can you be loving and nice towards others? Buy a sandwich for a homeless person. Be patient in line at TRADER JOES? Look someone in the eye and genuinely ask them how they are. Care. That’s the real stuff I’m talking about.
The jig is up. The Partys over. I officially don’t care about how bendy someone is or how many YTT hours teachers have. Get something else new to pride yourself on and boast about. I wanna hear about how selfless you can be, and how much you can give and love others. Lets give it a try.