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Doing it Your Own Way Stinks (yoga students)

Dear Yoga Student,

For most people, their best quality is also their worst. Let me show you what I mean.

I’ve always been a one-man show doing everything on my own terms for as long as I can remember. In some ways, it’s done me a lot of good.

But in other ways, it’s been an idiotic waste of time.

When I was a kid, I used to spend hours trying to “invent” a pizza dough recipe in the kitchen when there were dozens of great recipes to be had in any bookstore.

I used to try to fix my motorcycle without reading any manuals – just twisting screws and yanking on cables.

And the amount of times I’ve screwed up my computer… let’s not even go there!

Then I found yoga.

My first teacher was a noodle of guy about 6 1/2 feet tall, and whenever I did anything even slightly off, he’d get right up next to my ear and growl:

“Stop messing around and do it like I told you!”

As stupid as it is, I don’t like people telling me what to do. Fundamentally, I just don’t like it. How stupid is that?

People have been doing yoga for a zillion years, and yet I thought I could figure it out on my own! Surprise surprise, I was a complete wreck!

Back then, it was hard for me to focus my eyes on one point, breathe through my nose and press my hands together above my head all at the
same time (I’m not making this up).

More than once, I feinted in class, and the morning-after, I’d walk to work with a limp.

I put up a good bull-headed fight, but eventually, Noodleman beat my independence out of me and opened me up to a whole new world…

… a world where I could piggy-back on the work of other people and move ahead 10x or even 20x as fast – at anything!

In the yoga scene, people are always looking for gurus and sages to follow, but I was just looking for teachers of any kind, and I looked everywhere!

Yoga geeks in the park. Nutrition nerds at health food stores. Fitness buffs in the gym.

I didn’t care then, and I don’t care now who I learn from (as long as they’re good). I just love to learn.

One of my daily mantras became this: “I don’t know Jack, so today, I’m going to find someone who does.” (very spiritual, eh?)

Where I’m going with this is that my best quality, my independence and obsessive nature is also my worst. And your best quality is probably stinks sometimes too.

Think about it.

Stay bendy,

Yoga Flexibility Made Easy

p.s. I’ve started making these free yoga videos with
posture clinics and recipes. Check them out here:
YOGABODY Revolution Show

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  1. Ron Griezler wrote
    at 12:06 pm - 8th November 2010 Permalink

    There are really things better done with assistance from someone who’s expert in it. I guess, this is one of those!

  2. Demarcus Kelly wrote
    at 7:39 am - 11th November 2010 Permalink

    Doing it your own way can really be a waste of time. Especially, if you have to redo it since it didn’t work.. :-(

  3. Kaylee Evans wrote
    at 7:21 am - 26th November 2010 Permalink

    It’s still best to follow manuals. After all what are this instructional manual for?