Yoga is more than downward dogs and soulful salutes to the sun. It’s more than mornings on your mat, inhaling the aroma of a new day’s optimism. Sometimes yoga is an explosive dance, a shit storm of shake-it-off motions that give you the balance you need to stay crime free after a day from hell. I’ll be the first to admit I’m attracted to yoga because I need the release. I also enjoy the uniform (spandex suits me fine, thank you). And while sometimes I OD on the zen of lit candles flickering in the face of life’s chaos, other times I enjoy a less peaceful experience.
Sometimes a Bit of Gangsta Rap is Good for The Soul
Let’s face it, life isn’t always roses and rainbows. Sometimes the coffee’s weak and your kid’s got more wine (whine) than a liquor store (just go with it–puns can be fun). When I find myself in the throes of a bad hair day, with sleep deprivation and other annoying side effects of a hectic life, I appreciate the other offerings of yoga: the strong, powerful feeling I find on my mat. And that’s when I crank up the gangsta rap, and let the world know I’m “Straight Outta Compton.” If you haven’t tried it, you should.
If I had to choose one attribute of yoga to boast about, it would be its versatility. It’s not a cardio run on some treadmill or track, with each foot pounding in repetitious motion. Not to bash running. I do it regularly and it is exhilarating. But yoga offers light when I need a soul lift. And with various poses, I can also test my balance, challenge my fears, or find grace in my practice. I take what I need, when I need it. So if you thought yoga was all hatha all the time, think again. Yoga can be “Hammer Time,” too (now there’s an oldie but goodie).
And isn’t that the point? Your practice should feed your need. So when life feels out of control, take back your power, tap into your badassery. Turn up the gangsta rap and get it, girls (and guys)!
Mantra: Believe in your flyness. Conquer your shyness. ~ Kanye West
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