Confession time. For years, I was nervous to call myself a "true yogi". I was afraid if I proclaimed it loudly enough, that the real yogi's would hear me and the worst thing would happen to me (not that I even fully asked myself what that would entail?). After all, I ate meat, and (gasp) I drank wine, and participated in so many other things that this modern society offers to us that just doesn't feel "yogi" enough.
And yet, I showed up on my mat almost daily, I practiced mindfulness and kindness, and I studied and spent the time to become a yoga teacher. I started to question why I was so afraid to be yogi-me, exactly as I was. That I could practice yoga and still enjoy other activities that make me just as happy, and balanced. So guess what? I started calling myself a yogi. And I started working on being unapologetic for also calling myself a wino. And a Netflix binge-watcher. And a music lover. And a frozen yogurt feen. Because perhaps then, I could start finding my peeps. You know, like those people who love to be healthy and active but also can stuff 4 cookies in their mouth at once? Yeah, those are my people.
Here's a compilation of 5 yogis who weren't afraid to share their confessions, either. Each of them sways a little from the yogi tracks and I love them all the more for it. I hope you do, too.
1. "Confessions of a Yogi: 5 Things I Still Do Despite My Yoga Practice"
by Jenn Bauer
The witty author of this post made me giggle and nod emphatically at the similarities that we so closely share. Like yelling at drivers, and not always listening to her body. I bet you'll find similarities, as well!
2. Confessions of a (Temporarily Fat) Yogi
about Trina Hall
Really interesting read (and video!) about this yogi who purposely gained weight after talking with another yoga instructor friend about weight issues. She learns some amazing lessons along the way.
3. Quirky new Instagram account takes yoga off the mat and into the real world
about Jordan Berger
This guy is actually one of my favorite yoga instructors at my home yoga studio, Power Living! He teaches yoga and also works for an alcohol company; doesn't get more "balanced" than that! Check out his crazy awesome photos on Instagram of yogis in the real world, doing their thang.
4. Confessions from a Stiff Yogi
by Ricardia Bramley
What immediately drew me to this article was that she was a gymnast growing up (like myself). Being inflexible is something that deters so many people from trying yoga. But let me ask you this: would you not go to school because you can't read? Go to yoga and practice your flexibility. Or, just show up to yoga and do what you can, flexibility shmexibility! You'll be the same as 96% of the people in your class.
5. 5 of the Most Creative and Unusual Yoga Trends
by Elise Moreau
I had to throw this one in here, because I am a huge fan of people who push the boundaries and create something new from an old(er) idea. Like Doga. Yep, Doga!
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Jamie is an American girl residing in Sydney, Australia. Not sure which she loves more: yoga or wine, Jamie created a blog all about both, and everything in between!