One thing I am more than happy to do is call out my own hypocrisy. I know I can really suck, be super proud, and can be ignorant to my blind spots.
But also, because I know that quite honestly, I’m in good company. Because we’re all hypocrites from time to time, whether we want to admit it or not.
What I can’t stand is blatant & ignorant hypocrisy and it’s ALL OVER YOGA.
I’m not saying don’t stick with your favorite people and studios, I’m just saying don’t be afraid to check people on their shit. Be wary of people who claim enlightenment. Ask skeptical questions of anyone purporting their “wisdom” – myself included!
You can know and tout the 8 limbs and still be judgey AF. Or overly attached to “your way” of doing things. Or elitist and exclusive.
I saw this crap so much in the church, and I think it’s pretty much everywhere where people can lead others in spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional disciplines, so of course yoga is not exempt.
And yoga teachers/leaders: we need to check ourselves CONSTANTLY. Are we practicing what we preach? Especially outside of our asana practice? Or are we justifying judgey, exclusive, elite, arrogant, self-righteous, and self-important thoughts/beliefs/comments/teaching/writings in the name of “upholding the practice?” And if after some self-evaluation, if we find ourselves beyond reproach, I’mma say: check ya shit again. Because if you think you’re on that 10/10 (or 8/8 – whatever) safe bet is that you’re not. 🙃
And if you see some shit in me- call me out, okay? I’ll probably be pissed for a second but you’ll at least get me to think about it and best believe I’ll take this to my mat, to my heart, to my prayers, and I’ll hold up a mirror and take a look because I am more than happy to evaluate myself and (probably less) happy to admit my fallibility.
Either way, yogis, stay off your high horses. We don’t have horses. We have yoga mats – sometimes. We’re the barefoot.