There is no Yoga Scene worth being a part of.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Oct 25, 2009
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Yoga: Scene vs. Community, or Kula.

“It’s great connecting with you, finally, it’s quite a  scene, you got here,”

…I told Kira Ryder tonight in the middle of a long kirtan “party” when she stopped by, in her friendly way, to sit with me for a moment. I said something like that, anyway.

Kira is kind, generous, one of those people whom everyone loves. But for a moment I saw the strength behind her love, a flicker of steel behind her eyes:

“This is not the scene,” Kira cautioned me.

“Right, this is community,” I agreed. But hours later, I’m still thinking about that moment.

I’m impressed at how it was important to her that this was not some manifestation of The Scene. We aren’t trying to be the cool kids at the cool table in the yoga cafeteria. This is about community. Kula. Path.

It’s a big difference, if a subtle one, linguistically speaking. And I’m glad she reminded me of the difference. It’s vital: we’re not here to fulfill our egos.

We’re here to practice, and walk the path, and be of service.

"Waylon Lewis" "Kira Ryder" "Kasey Luber"

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About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


6 Responses to “There is no Yoga Scene worth being a part of.”

  1. An important distinction, Waylon.

    Thanks again for allowing us to experience this all vicariously through your writing and photos.

    Bob Weisenberg

  2. swati jr* says:

    i've been thinking the same thing. thanks. very appreciated.

  3. Kira Ryder says:

    so fun to practice together this morning with swami schiffmann, dearest waylon. xok

  4. The community is what keeps me coming back. As soon as it starts to feel scene-ish, I teach beginners and fall in love all over again.

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