If I’ve heard that once this year I’ve heard it a sigh-inducing number of times.
Just get on your yoga mat! Get on your meditation cushion! Just do your practice and you shall become a kinder, more evolved human being! Practice Hatha Yoga and excel at clarity!
Practice Hatha Yoga in order to become less susceptible to: general fucking up; eating too many donuts; crying jags; fights with your partner; professional dissatisfaction; driving like an idiot; snapping at your mother; problems in your relationship; fury with yogalebrities who behave like Ghengis Khan; vocal moral outrage; smoking pot; general unhappiness, etc.
Yoga fixes everything. It’s common knowledge, right?
May I be straightforward? (I’ll take silence as assent.)
Expecting yoga to single-handedly solve all your problems is worse than magical thinking. It’s a downright bad idea. In fact, it’s complete and utter bullshit.
Hey, don’t get me wrong–I love Hatha Yoga! Hatha Yoga changed my life! I am a believer!
I teach Hatha Yoga for a living. That’s because it has been an quintessential component of my personal evolution. I think that anyone who has even the slightest inclination to do so should practice it.
Hatha Yoga has provided me–and countless others–with a glimpse of both my own enormity and my infinitesimalness. Those glimpses were sparks that ignited. They were an impetus to grow in countless ways.
But it has taken well over a decade.
My question for you–how much time have you got?
Yoga is a catalyst. It may well send you on a life changing journey. I absolutely believe the inner and the outer can impact one another, and vice versa. I am, after all, familiar with that rumor about the mind and body being connected.
Hatha yoga can help to repattern old, automatic, unfruitful conditioning but it is the scenic route.
Your yoga mat, or meditation cushion, can also be the place where you opt out of dealing powerfully with your life. It can become the place you check out, or hide out. Watch out for that. It’s a peril of the practice and it’s real. You would do well to take it seriously.
If you’ve got shit you want to accomplish in this lifetime while here on Planet Earth–and personally I do-work with someone who has good off the mat strategies to help you. Deal head on with your crap, powerfully. It will serve you better than will Hatha Yoga alone.
The combination of yoga and coaching works on the same principle that makes it clear that while praying for world peace is sweet, it is never going to take the place of getting of your butt, getting to the poll, and casting your vote.
Yoga with coaching will take you further, faster, than yoga without coaching. It’s more efficient than decades exclusively spent on your yoga mat or cushion.
So, what do savvy yogins know?
They know when to get on their mat.
But they know when to get off of it, too.