I crack up when I start talking about yoga to people who don’t know much about it (you know, the non-initiated). Instead of getting on my soapbox, I get on my yoga block. I get so gosh darned excited about yogaandmypracticeandmyteachertrainingandeverything (!!!) that I can talk all day. There’s so much to tell them! So much they need to know! So much yogic goodness to sprinkle around like golden, sparkly glitter.
At first, they’re pumped that you’re pumped about something. I love how people get excited when you are. Those are the beautiful points of conversation — that energy, that infectiousness! At a certain point, though, they reach their yoga-talk threshold. They blink, blink, blink. They look away. They’re thinking, “Gee, I didn’t know she could talk this much!” Eventually you ramble on too long and you lose them. Sigh. If you want to keep your friends and loved ones, this is something to be mindful and respective of.
These, my friend, are the times you need your yoga buddy. Your YB is a peep who is just as passionate as you are about yoga. Every yogi or yogini has to have at least one YB. You’re doing yourself a disservice if you don’t. On your journey, all these amazingly wonderful things will pop up (epiphanies! conquered poses! challenges! hilarious moments in class! philosophical musings!) and it’s imperative that you have someone to share these with. Imperative!
Rest assured, we are fascinated by your dance/personal training/athletic background, we like discussing your hyperextended arms and legs, we never get tired of talking about our fave teachers, and if you want to talk for hours, mention The Yoga Sutras or Light on Yoga.
If you don’t have a YB, run, don’t walk, to get one now. Hey, I’m available. Can I tell you about the fierce Headstand I did the other day?
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