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10 Excuses for (NOT) Doing Yoga

Posted by: Patti Carrington   |   Monday, November 24, 2014   |   Latest Articles   |   Back to Blog

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Editor's Note: Patti is a regular participant of yoga classes at Hendricks Regional Health. Watch hendricks.org/events in early December to register for January classes, which will be offered in the hospital's new yoga studio. Signing up is a great first step to a healthier, more balanced 2015!

You know, we yoga nuts could go on and on about the benefits of yoga all the time ... and we do!  I am so guilty.  For most of us, it is because yoga has changed our lives in good ways, and we want to share that with others.  But there’s always the flip-side. So, here are 10 excuses for NOT doing yoga:

1.  It will ruin junk food for you.
When you have a regular practice, you notice the effects of what you eat on your body in so many ways.  If you are a foodie, you might want to steer clear of the yoga mat.

2.  It will also ruin the drama.
When you have a dedicated yoga practice, it is pretty difficult to maintain a life of drama.  You may become someone who so enjoys peace and harmony that other people won’t talk to you as much ... because they just cannot suck you into the drama anymore.

3.  It will make you ACCOUNTABLE and responsible.
The mat is “a mirror.”  You will realize that you are blaming others for what is or isn’t going on in your life.  You will see “the truth.”  You DO have the power to stand up and make changes in your life that will make you happier.  If you prefer to blame your issues and problems on others, yoga is not for you.

4.  It will suck the fun out of judging people.
Yogis often comment that they spend their time talking about all the amazing things the fabulous people in your life are doing. This may just be a turnoff for friends who love to gossip.

5.  It will ruin your wardrobe.
All you have in your wardrobe are YOGA PANTS!  AND all you want to wear is YOGA PANTS! 

6.  It will make you FEEL your feelings.
Getting in touch with your body means you will get in touch with your mind – and this leads to getting in touch with your emotions.  If you prefer to hide from how you really feel, you should most likely avoid yoga.

7.  It will make you cry.
Getting in touch with your feelings ... brings us to this ... you never know when your teacher will say just the right thing. Your heart opens up, stinging, hot tears fill your eyes and run down your face.  If you are not into public displays of emotion, you might feel “exposed” in a regular yoga practice.  

8.  It will open your hips, shoulders and heart.
The more flexible your body becomes, the softer your heart will become.  You are opening the stiff and hardened parts of your body, along with the stiff and hardened parts of your deepest self.  Yoga is steeped in hundreds of years of tradition and spirituality – most hearts aren’t going to make it out still hardened.  If you don’t want to be open and to feel, RUN AWAY from yoga.

9.  It will ruin your obsessive, self-destructive behaviors.
You will connect in with yourself, and notice how all your habits affect you.  Your desires to eat junk food, drink, smoke, swear, stay up late, etc., may be squashed.  Yoga might just be dangerous to your old and evil ways.

10.  It will put a downer on your night life.
You may find that you no longer want any part of those late nights out or movie marathons.  You may just want to get onto your mat and into your zen-zone.  Becoming an early bird – both in rising and in going to sleep – seems “right.”  Your hard-partying nights may be numbered.  

I hope that you can sense the fun in jest of my musings!  

I know there are yogis who still drink, smoke, swear, stay out all night, and eat food that is bad for them.  I like to think that they just tend to be more mindful of what they are doing.

In all seriousness, yoga likely will change your life. It has helped me accept and to love myself and my body through awareness and a deeper connection with myself.  Through my struggles with low self-esteem and body image issues, I am using yoga – or yoga is using me (?) – to heal with meditation, mindfulness and serious self love.  It is helping me to find my balance, center, and focus.

Namaste - "The light in me honors the light in you."

~Patti Carrington

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