How did I go from being a 5’10”, 285-lb borderline pre-diabetic, to 5’11″ (Yes, I grew an inch!), and, as of this writing, 259 lbs, looking a feeling better than I ever have in my life? In a nutshell, I embraced yoga and plant-based eating.
I’ve lived my life based on the notion of keeping things “real”. In other words, working with what I’ve got from where I’m at. Little did I know that that kind of thinking is actually Yogic in nature: never knew I was a philosophy kinda guy. I also have this tendency to tell it like it is, call a spade a spade: I think you get the picture.
Since I began my Yoga practice I’ve noted a few things here and there out in the Yoga world; specifically, things that come into play when I’m on my own mat in a self-practice or leading a class.
Without labeling things that give rise to the Ego, here’s a topic that really hit home in a class recently and I figured I’d share it here.
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At Yoga for Men, we believe that YOGA is for everyBODY. Big, small, short, tall and all colors in between. One important thing that yoga can teach a person is that the more time one spends practicing yoga, the more one begins to realize that we’re really all the same. We’re all just people going through our lives ultimately seeking happiness in one way or another despite how we identify ourselves (labels and attachments). So whatever stage in life you’re at, and no matter your skill level, the goal of union somehow is unchanging.
Recently, I was asked by someone as to what to expect from his first yoga class. This person, oh, I’ll call him…”Wayne”, really wants to go down the yoga rabbit hole so to speak, but he’s intimidated by thought of being splayed-out, sweaty and inflexible in front of a room full of strangers, uncertain as to what posture to do next, or if he’d even be ABLE to do whatever posture comes next.
Yeah, I get that. Totally.