Life. Pared Down.

For Folks with Everything Except Peace of Mind

I never do anything with a ‘Y’ and a ‘G’ in it!

I don’t do yoga and for lots of reasons. One of which is that everyone else is doing it. Or at least it seems that way. I like to think of myself as an Independent Thinker. So if everyone’s doing ‘A’ I usually don’t. It’s not just to be contrary, but rather because I make the assumption, rightly or wrongly, that if everyone is doing something it might be something I don’t want to do. I don’t like to follow the crowd.

There’s also the religious question. I am assured by everyone doing yoga, and yes, it seems to be nearly everyone, men included, that there’s nothing religious about it. Well, since I can’t be 100% sure about that, and there’s always the potential that it might offend My Lord Jesus, well, I just don’t want to take any chances.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s not as if I claim to be perfectly virtuous or a non-sinner. Au contraire! I’m working on a lot of things that need perfecting. I’m just saying that if I think it could offend Him, and I don’t have to do it, or I’m not prone to doing it out of passion (like losing my temper – I know I shouldn’t do that either, but I don’t usually plan to lose it – it just blows.), than I’d rather not wager on it.

But yoga is different – I’d have to go purchase those yoga pants and that yoga mat and actually show up somewhere and pray that the instructor isn’t making me do weird bodily contortions that can be misconstrued as poses that revere gods in which I do not believe. Yoga’s not something you do as a reaction to something, like yelling obscenities at the driver who nearly ended your life a few hours ago.

My sister takes yoga – is it something you do or take? Anyway, her instructor Fred, she swears, is not a religious-yogi-type instructor. He even says things like his mentor is the Great Baba Ganoush (For those of you not up on your ethnic foods, that is a way of serving eggplant as perfected by the Greeks. Or is it Lebanese?) I digress. Fred isn’t religious in his yoga class, but I just can’t be too sure that the poses he uses are not a form of worship.

So, don’t feel like you have to do something just because someone or everyone else is doing it, even if you hear that it helps you relax and/or it stretches you in ways you never knew existed. Trust your gut, and be not afraid to be the odd man out, the one who does or doesn’t do stuff and doesn’t need an explanation.