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The Yoga Flake: Eliminating that Stereotype

Have you ever noticed that we yogi types have a reputation for being flaky? Unstable? Without Direction?

It’s true. That’s what a lot of people think, and I have to say after working in the industry, I don’t blame them. Some of our yogic mindsets, when interpreted in certain ways, give people license to be flaky.

I say: no more!

I say no to “just go with the flow” or its cleverer cousin “just be present.” Will you hear be present come out of my mouth while I teach? Yes, absolutely. Maybe not that exact phrase, but I am all about turning inward and being with the amazing integration of the mind, body, and spirit.

What I am not supportive of is the idea that you don’t have to take responsibility for your actions. Going with the flow, despite knowing it’s not a good idea, is no way to tend to yourself.

Just being present and not planning for the future definitely doesn’t serve you. After all, the practice of yoga keeps us healthy, keeps us thriving, so you better plan to be here awhile.

I say no to the idea that yoga is all you need. Yoga is amazing. Yoga is a huge part of my life. If I didn’t have it, I would not be the same person I am now—it would be a darker more twisted version of me—metaphorically because physically I am much more twisted now.

I will be the first one to stand-up and proclaim the benefits of yoga as collaborative therapy for depression, anxiety, eating disorders and substance abuse. However, I will never believe yoga cures everything. It is a part of treatment, not the only treatment.

Yoga also can’t cure being homeless, jobless, loveless. It helps to cope with hard times but the practice alone will not find you a place to live or employment. To pretend that yoga makes everything okay is not okay.

I say no to the idea that you can just sit back and the universe will provide  I believe the universe wants us to be happy. I believe the universe conspires for us to be happy. But I also believe the universe wants you to get off your butt and make an effort. The universe wants you to show some initiative. The universe wants you to listen when it invites you to a path and to say “Yes, I will take that journey, even though it may not be easy.”

I have ignored the universe before when it whispered. Then it begins to yell a bit, giving you big clues of where you should be and what you should do. Then if you still ignore it, it throws a temper tantrum and life spins a bit out of control.

When you still ignore it, you find silence. The universe quits working for you when you won’t work for yourself. When you ignore it, and just expect to be taken care of, you will be disappointed.

So I say no to these yoga mindsets, when they become an ugly incarnation of themselves; an incarnation that encourages the qualities of instability and flakiness to grow and our integrity to lay dormant.

I believe there is good to going with the flow and learning to roll with changes that you have no control over.

I believe in being present with yourself and becoming reacquainted with how the body, mind and heart communicate with each other.

I believe in yoga as way to thrive and cope with the curve balls life throws.

I believe that the universe wants you to be happy and to succeed and will help you when you try.

I believe that we can dissolve the idea of the Yoga Flake and allow our mottos, our mantras, our mindsets to serve our strengths.

 

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Tali lives in Denver where she teaches Vinyasa and Restorative Yoga. She loves to help people find their inner strength and make their dreams come true whether it's through teaching, running Momentum and Moxie, or helping her father grow his auto repair business. Living in Colorado she is spoiled with beautiful hiking, cycling, and climbing. She enjoys knitting, cooking, and has written at CupcakeMafia, The Magazine of Yoga, and Wanderlust Blog as well as other sites.

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