Do not be fooled...

Don’t let this pose fool you. This photo doesn’t mean I’m enlightened or happy or full of blissed-out knowledge living a life of perfection and ease. The yoga world is just as hypocritical as any other world and its not to say that is a good thing or bad. It just is and perhaps we could afford to move away from gradient scales of goodness. Maybe, just maybe, we are human. Living a human life; quite heavy and filled with high emotional states of trials, triumphs, losses, and gains. Sometimes acting out and not always tuning in. Maybe, just maybe, each of us doing the best we can with what we have and accepting that, at times, we are all walking contradictions whether we admit it or not.

This practice can be whatever you want to make of it, however way you connect with it. You can stick to traditions or not. You can make it spiritual or not. You can sit with the ancient texts or not. You can play with your silly asana-ass or not. You can get pissed off and hate it or not. You can do it and have it all. You take it or leave it. Your yoga can be on a mat or off, in a gym or studio, in your home or field. It can be called up while weight-lifting, blitzing on a field, swinging a bat, cycling your sweaty-booty in a seat, steaming up the windows dancing with yourself, it is what you make of it.
Because yoga means connection, union. Think of it like unwavering love for yourself to show up and feel and connect with such an awareness that allows you to feel alive in this moment. Fueled with precision focus and breath, like art in motion.

And realize this: you are the common denominator, you are showing up for you. 
If calling your life’s actions “yogic” connects you to you, so be it. For me, I’m simply moving my body, breathing, meditating, healing, loving up myself, and sharing that love with others. I don’t plan on delivering news that anyone is less-than or more-than and calling that shit “yoga.” If that’s the case for you, we can agree to disagree that your definition of yoga varies from mine. And that is a-okay.
Maybe we can agree that we are all fucking human, living a human experience.

stephynow