Well? Are you?
I love yoga, but I’m not a yoga person. While I enjoy the physical benefits of asanas & vinyasas, I feel more spiritual & at peace when I’m moving full speed. And even the yoga I do, is mostly set to music. It helps me focus. My brain wanders in the silence.
What can I say? I was born going 100 MPH.
I know there are yogis who will tell me ‘you don’t get it’, or ‘you haven’t opened to the possibilities’ or ‘I haven’t let myself go’. Meh, you’re probably right. But the way I’ve always heard people describe their spiritual experience with yoga is the exact same way I feel about dance, squats & bootcamps: that may be where I achieve my zen. I’ve been practicing yoga for over 3-4 years and have come close to that feeling, but not quite. And meditating is almost PAINFUL for me. Hey, spiritual yoga’s not for everyone. But when I’m sweaty, going full out, and feel strong: I’m at my most peaceful & achieve balance & calm. It’s the closest I come to heaven. That’s not for everyone either.
All that to say, that I’ve become friends with various yogis, and have met a lot of practitioners over the years. And while some of them are amazing, awesome, inspiring human beings, others are, well, bitchy, judgmental yoga freaks.
Yes. You can be a bitchy yogi. Yes. You may BE a bitchy yogi.
It’s almost like meditative mean girls: ‘modern yoga’ has become it’s own culture within a culture. Unless you’ve got the best of everything, you might not ‘fit in’. And rather than embracing & helping new students, I see sideways glances, judgemental chit chat and pre-conceived notions about the right & wrong way to do just about anything.
To each his own, but to be perfectly honest it bothers me. Well, not me specifically, thank god I’m more secure than that. But it bothers me because I watch it turn people off yoga. And I think yoga is great for so, so, so many people. But they won’t go if they feel like you’re judging them. And they won’t go if they don’t get any support. And they won’t go if they’re surrounded by yoga bitches.
In her book, Yoga Bitch: One Woman’s Quest to Conquer Skepticism, Cynicism, and Cigarettes on the Path to Enlightenment, Suzanne Morrison talks about being, knowing & how to deal with Yoga Bitches. She sat down with Blisstree to talk about her new book. See the excerpt below…
The average person farts 14 times a day. The average yogi? Maybe a little more than that.
We’re all been there, and if it wasn’t YOU (liars) it’s definitely happened to someone you know. Yoga farts are nothing to be embarrassed about: the poses literally twist your body & propel trapped gas outwards. Still, if you’d prefer to keep your bodily gases to yourself, here are some great tips on how to flatten your flatulence and how to handle a fart situation while in class.
You will need…
I never understood how some people use their yoga mats for years. Maybe I’m just a little too rough and or tough on my mat… or too
lazy busy to put it away after I’m done. Either way, my mats get ratty fast.
I have a hard time getting rid of my old mats, so this was a nice treat! You don’t necessarily have to be ‘out with the old’. You can make things new again with a little creativity.
Great ideas on this list!
Can you think of any others ways to reuse your yoga mat?
26 uses for your old yoga mat…
1. Hang it horizontally in your garage to keep car doors from scraping the walls.
2. Use it as a kitchen mat in front of the stove or sink.
3. Lay it under your sleeping bag on your next camping trip; it won’t provide much in the way of cushioning, but at least you won’t feel every rock and stick.
4. Scrub the heck out of it, then cut it up as liners for shelves and drawers.
5. Make it into floor covers for the backseat area so your kids’ muddy shoes and cleats won’t ruin your mats.
6. Carpet the tree house!
8 thoughts, opinions & advice about hot yoga…
- Hot yoga is hard. I wouldn’t recommend it for beginners. Start with an easier format, master the poses (or most of them) and then try it.
- Hot yoga isn’t for EVERYONE. It’s not. I get uncomfortable, sticky & dizzy during class plus, I’m really smell sensitive (enough said right?). I’ve attended 3-4 classes and you know what? I didn’t like it. I felt great AFTER class, but so uncomfortable during that I started to resent having to go. Other forms of yoga give me the same benefits and they work better for me . Moving on….
- Hot yoga is FABOOSH for some people. The heat allows your body to open up & really take in the benefits of the poses. The extra sweat is like a detox: many people report feeling high or euphoric afterwards. Great for your skin & stress levels too.
- Hot yoga might be FOR YOU. If it sounds unappealing, don’t knock it til you try it! Don’t assume you won’t like it. Keep an open mind and TRY to like it while your there. Focus on the moves, your breathing and how you feel after class. It’s not for everyone, but those that like it, like it a lot.
- Hot yoga requires H2O. DRINK WATER. LOTS OF WATER. Before the class, have a 16 ounce glass an hour before, and one within 15 minutes of the start. Drink during class too, you’ll need it.
- Hot yoga may make you sick. Be body aware during class. If you feel nauseous, dizzy, faint etc. during class, make sure that you stop, drink water & check yourself out if you’ve had too much. Was it the heat, the poses, or your body? If you haven’t eaten or didn’t drink enough before class, this could be the reason and you may have a better experience next time. Don’t force yourself to go because you think it’s a trend, or feel obligated to attend. If you don’t like it, or it makes you sick, DON’T DO IT.
- Hot yoga can be detrimental for those with health issues. NOT recommended for: the elderly, pregnant women, children, the sick, or people with heart problems. While regular yoga is great, hot yoga is just a little too intense. Talk to your doctor about your risks if you’re worried.
- Dress for a hot mess. You will be sweating, and sweating a lot. Dress appropriately, and try to wear tighter clothing that breathes (lose clothing not recommended). Believe me, not one’s looking at your bum. Also, bring a towel & mat cleaner. It’s one hell of a sweatfest.
Have you tried hot yoga? What were your thoughts? Love it, hate it, want to give it another shot?
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