Who says it has to be one or the other? Why can't we have both, all, every which way? I can totally understand how some people have this idea of a yogi in their head, this image of a granola, hippy dippy, dreaded out dude or the super skinny chick in perfect form doing a pose you can't even tell how she got into. That's not yoga! Nor is that what all 'yogis' looks like. I used to really struggle with this concept that if I was going to be serious about my practice then I needed to become vegan, then it was raw; I need to buy only recycled items and learn about composting; I should stop all my consumerism and make my own clothes - most of these things never happened, why? Because it's not me. I'm old enough now to know that if I need to 'change' who I am into something that fits into a mold that does not resemble me, then I don't need to be there. This is especially true for yoga where everything and everyone is inclusive not separated.
When I get on my soapbox about how great yoga is and how it's changed my life people always ask, "but what if I'm not flexible enough? I don't like to work out. I'll never be able to stand on my head!" Etc. etc. etc. That's FINE! Come as you are now and be open to evolving into something even better is what I say. Yoga doesn't have a look, it does have a lifestyle but that can be whatever feels good for you! I still love my fancy shoes, I still have a purse obsession, I eat bacon, I don't always recycle and there's NO WAY I'm ever giving up my deodorant and that's OK. When I came up with Eat.Drink.Yoga. yes I wanted to educate others on healthy living, eating, and nourishing your soul but I also want to show you that that can include or exclude whatever makes you feel good.
The one thing, the biggest thing yoga has ever taught me is being present. Present in my body, my relationship, in time! When you're present you make better decisions, you truly consider things, actions, reactions, circumstances before just jumping in and that is what makes you eat better, drink wiser, spend consciously and live freely (without regret, guilt or shame). When you make decisions from a place of love, pure love (I LOVE my new FEED Bucket Bag!) you will cherish the things you buy, you will buy less (because you buy for a purpose not out of void), you will give without pain and you will think of the bigger picture instead of the immediate pleasure fulfillment.
I love my things but I am not attached, I could lose everything tomorrow and I know that it will be OK (although I would be bummed if I lost my collection of trucker hats from all my favorite yoga studios, but YES even those can be replaced).
Bottom line -
- yoga is for everyone, you just have to find YOUR yoga
- you do NOT have to eat sticks and berries to call yourself a yogi
- yes bacon is OK (especially if it's Vosges Chocolate Dipped!)
- Sure, investigate a vegetarian, vegan, raw lifestyle, take a class on composting, organic farming - it can't hurt
- be yourself! if you love to shop - shop (just make sure you're not going into debt doing it or hurting yourself in the process. If you love to wear those 6 inch high heels with your Lululemons, rock it out girlfriend!
- just do yoga! Do it for you!
Peace + Love