I don’t want to know if you feel strong after yoga.
I want to know if you feel softened, receptive, and open to grace.
I don’t want to know if you can touch your toes.
I want to know if you can touch your heart, my heart and the world with your truth.
I don’t want to know if you can reach the sky as you rise.
I want to know if you can kiss the earth in mourning, in joy and in between.
I don’t want to know if you can balance on your head.
I want to know if you can shake and wobble and not give up.
I don’t want to know how often you practice.
I want to know how often you cry at the sheer beauty of your own heartbeat.
I don’t want to know what brand of clothes you’re wearing.
I want to know if you’re comfortable in your own skin and how it stretches over your bones just perfectly.
I don’t want to know how yoga has fixed you.
I want to know if you know you weren’t broken to begin with.
I don’t want to know if you meditate or not.
I want to know if you can look in the mirror and see who you really are.
I don’t want to know what kind of yoga you practice.
I want to know what kind of life you live.
4 thoughts on “I Don’t Want to Know What Kind of Yoga You Practice”
This really spoke to me, thank you. I’ve just found your blog and been poking around. I really liked your Mindbodygreen piece you linked to about letting go of our past stories. I’ve been carrying mine around a while and have just written about it in my new blog http://babycrowyoga.co.uk/2015/01/17/from-parachutes-to-why-i-started-yoga/ Somehow practicing yoga makes me feel so vulnerable – but I’m working on getting comfortable with that. I’ll follow you for more wise thoughts! x
So much gratitude for sharing your words with me. Your piece is really beautiful, thanks for sharing the link. If your yoga is making you feel vulnerable, then you’re making the journey from your head to your heart and that is where the magic happens. It can be a bumpy road but stick with it (which really just means stick with you.)
Thank you, Mo. I really appreciated your comment. Perhaps as Rumi put it: “The wound is the place where the Light enters you”
Wow, you really captured the essence of a genuine yoga practice here…what’s revealed once some layers are peeled back. Beautifully written.
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