Thursday, March 28, 2013

When Life Sells you Lululemon Yoga Pants, Make Lululemonade!

Well, I'm not sure if you've heard about the scandal with a batch of Lululemon Yoga Pants being see-through, but it is all over the yoga gossip channels. It's caused quite a stir amongst many yogis, but you know what I say...

"Who cares?

Don't get me wrong, I've heard that usually they are very lovely, durable yoga pants, but I have better things to spend $120 on. I buy mine for about $19.99 at TJ Maxx and they last me for years. Now I'm certainly not judging anyone on what they spend their money on - have at it. But it just makes me wonder what has become of us when this is the biggest news amongst the yogic circuits?

With the continued "popularity" of yoga comes the commercialism of the practice. It's an inevitable element in our culture when something does well. I wonder in our (our society's) quest for making a buck, if we aren't pushing more people away from a practice that is so purely intended, and that offers such a tremendous healing benefit for anyone, by concentrating on such incidental things like this? 

I teach yoga because I truly believe in it. I am a first-hand account of how yoga can change someone's life for the better. I may not be able to do a handstand, I may not look like the models on the cover of Yoga Journal, and I certainly have days where I do not feel very "yogic," but I truly believe in the practice. I tell people that want to do yoga teacher training for monetary reasons to reconsider. And in seven years I have not increased our rates. Yes, yoga is a business. But, dare I say, that more need to get back to teaching and learning about this practice and spend less time on looking the part?

This summer, do yoga on the beach in the sand. 

Squat in your yard and do whatever poses come naturally to you. 

Yoga is a natural state of being, so be natural. And if you do come to class in your Lululemon yoga pants, I promise to only check out your Asana - not your...well, you get it...

Friday, March 1, 2013

"March Comes In Like a Lion & Goes Out like a Lamb"

 "March Comes In Like a Lion  & Goes Out like a Lamb"

The weather report for this week is sunny and mid to upper 40's. I like this, because if I am to understand the above well-known phrase, then this means by the end of the Month it is going to be warm and comfortable! But, you never know how Mother Nature is going to blow from day to day any more. Heck, even Father Time seems to be moving a lot faster than he used to...or is this just a by product of getting older? Don't really answer that.  

Nowadays there doesn't seem to be much you can be sure of. And the older that I get, the more I realize that I don't know much of anything, really. But there is one thing I can be sure of: Yoga always makes me feel better. Whether I'm cold, achy, lazy or feeling depleted, the practice of yoga picks me up, dusts me off, and leaves me feel rejuvenated and refreshed. 

I recall many days slumped on the couch under covers watching TV thinking, "I should go to Yoga." Maybe you're doing that now, or thinking, "Man, I don't even remember when the last time I went to Yoga was!" It's easy to do when we are tired or feeling down. And yet we know that we will feel better when we go.  

Before you know it, the weather will be nice and the days will be longer. Then you'll find other excuses not to do your practice. I know, cause I used to do that too. Georgia Byng said, "There's no better time like the present." And so, with that, I will just end with another favorite quote of mine, from Nike, "Just Do It!" 

See you on the mat...