The Do’s & Don’ts of Dating a Yogini.

Via Heather Dawn
on Mar 5, 2012
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How to Avoid a One Night Yogini Stand…

…and get a second date with your Yogini.

Before you read this article, Do bring your sense of humor. Don’t take it so seriously. Unless you realize that your serious attitude could be the reason you’re not getting a second date with your yogini.

Do show up on time. If you’re an eager beaver (or should I say for the beaver) and arrive early, chill. Don’t pressure your yogini with a call or text. There is a reason she does Yoga, which most likely includes its stress reducing properties.

Don’t show up at all if you are running 25 minutes late and your excuse is kobe got hit in the nose so you were grieving. Arriving late is rude and selfish. It will be the first thing your Yogini will notice about you. If you can’t manage your time and be considerate as a single person, you will not be able to manage your time as a duo.

Do pick her up in an electric or hybrid car like a Prius. If you don’t own one, rent or borrow. If you don’t want to spend the extra 35 dollars ( or time ) to get one for your date, you should reconsider how much you are into this Yogini. If it’s love or sex you’re chasing go the extra mile. And given that you are driving a Prius, you’d have all those extra miles!

Don’t pick her up in a Prius if she’s a just a Hollywood type Yogini who attends yoga classes to get skinny, meet celebrities, producers and writers that will further her already sucky career.

Once she sees that horrific looking car, don’t be surprised if this yogini cancels your date with any ol’ bogus excuse. She’ll pretend she just got sick with a sudden case of diarrhea from some mung bean and miso paste cake she ate at lunch. Then, she will summon her on-call best gay friend who does care about style to pick her up in his mercedes.

Do open all doors.  Every hippy chick and ferociously independent yogini loves chivalry. If in the rare case they don’t, offer to let her drive. If she accepts, then girlfriend, get ready to buy yourself a pair of panties and some lipstick!

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Do walk to your date if she’s a die-hard yogini. I hope your Tom’s shoes are durable and have good arch support! (On the plus side, a die-hard yogini will dig the musky smell of your sweat.)

Do play a little Krishna Das as your Yogini enters your car. Don’t play Krishna Das all night long if you expect to get any action after the night is over. As the saying goes, meditation is masturbation.

Do offer to take your die hard Yogini to a kirtan event after dinner. Don’t go to kirtan if she accepts the offer. Hours of chanting will definitely raise your meditative vibrations but I’m going to assume your goal is to raise your yogini’s legs behind her ears ( a feat she’s quite capable of ).

Do take her to your favorite fancy restaurant that offers vegetarian options, organic foods and is as eco friendly as possible.  Surprise your date with digestive enzymes for extra brownie points. This will ensure an explosive-free evening later on. Not that your “body comfortable yogini” would have even the slightest fear about sharing her every digestive experience.

Don’t take her to your favorite earthy hole in the wall where everybody knows your name.  The familiarity of your “Cheers-like” environment will not make your yogini feel special. It will make her feel familiar when she’d prefer to feel like Shiva.

Image by Joe Shlabotnick

Do make a quick pit stop at Whole Foods market. Everyone knows how expensive and eco friendly whole foods is. Getting a last minute item shows you support the environment and you’re not frugal. If you really want to look like a hero, take a moment to sign the paper of one of the petitioners who bombard you at the exit.

Even if you’ve signed the gay rights marriage petition so many times that they think you’re gay, Do it so she can see it.

Don’t let her go into Whole Foods market with you Everyone knows how expensive and eco friendly whole foods is.  If she’s a crafty yogini she may flirt her way onto your tab with six of her overpriced kombucha teas she normally buys one of.

Do tell her how beautiful she looks and smells even if her attire is not your style and she chose to wear patchouli while her clothes smell like the incense Nag Champa.

Don’t suggest she try a perfume your mother or ex girlfriend used to wear. If you do, and the girl doesn’t recoil and offer her therapist’s number to help you get over your mommy issues, then she’s a keeper!

Do expect your yogini to offer to pay half the night’s costs. Don’t let her pay if you expect another date. I’m not saying you have to pay for every date. ( Although, it would be nice and works well with the hunters and gatherers in us all. )  Look on the bright side!  Be thankful to the food industry and evolution you don’t have to hunt for your food anymore and she doesn’t have to prepare your fresh caught slaughter.

Do ask her if you can kiss her goodnight. Do this in a way that reminds her of  Chris Hemsworth in Thor  and not John C Reilly in Cyrus.

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Do make sure your teeth are free of food debris. After your healthy, organic seed filled dinner who knows what could be lurking in the crevices of your eye teeth. Don’t worry about your garlic breath. At this point in the evening it’s already permeating through both of your pores.

Don’t complainIf your yogini wanted to listen to your complaints, she’d be spending the evening watching her mother play canasta with her girlfriends. Or better yet, donating time at a convalescent home.

Your yogini wants to date a man, not an old woman. Athough practicing yoga has probably increased her tolerance for some things, your whining will not be one of them.

Don’t assume because she’s an earthy chick that she has earthy boundaries. Put aside those visions of Woodstock( 1 and 2), Burning Man and Coachella. After all, what happens in festivals stays in festivals.

A little fourth of July fun to wrangle the boys in my direction.LOL

A few glasses of wine relaxes us all. It’s important to remember that if you really like your yogini, women need to bond emotionally ( except for my friend Michele, but that’s another article ). Men need to bond physically.

So, even if she’s drunk on that organic, sulphite-free wine you’ve been downing all night, don’t let her take advantage of you if you intend to be more than a one night Yogini stand.


About Heather Dawn

Heather Dawn is a life coach, meditation and yoga therapist. She specializes in self-empowerment and personal transformation with her clients and students. She is the co-host of a weekly sex, love and relationship show and podcast called, “Getting it On with James and Heather.”


84 Responses to “The Do’s & Don’ts of Dating a Yogini.”

  1. heather says:

    thanks honey! xoxoxo

  2. monica says:

    heather you are the best. I love reading your "cheeky" articles and the way that you use "yoga-deprecation" to bring us back down to earth. Much love. Monica

  3. heather says:

    Perhaps… but i'm loving your fueled response! exactly what i hoped for! cheers!

  4. yogasamurai says:

    Wow, you've set a new low here, Heather! Yoginis must rank as the least attractive women a man might risk his balls and fortune for. Don't you realize that a one-night stand is all that we'd be seeking – from the jump?

  5. yogasamurai says:

    Narcissism is like that, dear.� It's curable, though, through more meditation – and honest reflection on your motives.� I am very happy with my non-yoga partner!� :o)

  6. Harleigh Quinn says:

    Unfortunately, narcissism is NOT curable through meditation.
    I was married to a diagnosed narcissist. Meditation made her WORSE, not better. It is because she went to vipassana and her ego took over her practice, as it does with ALL narcissists.
    They are incapable (read: Unconcerned) with that honest reflection of their motives.
    The reason they got into yoga in the first place was due to finding a new group of people to impress and have fawn over them.

    Yoga is actually very bad for narcissism. It promotes body consciousness and vanity, which causes a further entrancing in narcissism.

    I am glad I am not the only one that is aware of the danger of Narcissism's existence and prevalence. 🙂

  7. Harleigh Quinn says:

    Though my previous response is not yet visible, I would love to meet "Yoga samurai". Since you are in DC we should definitely meet for coffee or something.
    We seem to agree on a lot of things.

  8. heather says:

    I'm so sorry you suffer from Narcissism. but it is curable. you are right. I wrote an article on here called Yogi Master or Sexual disaster in reference to John Friend's behavior. Sad. but its fixable! FYI You do know I write humor for a living..and you did read the top of this article about "not taking it all so seriously"…wink. be well!

  9. Wow! Love this Heather! I was thinking of tweeting it as "rules if you want to date me" haha! Can't wait to read what's next. xoxo

  10. Harleigh Quinn says:

    Everyone suffers from narcissism, in one way or another, either by its affliction or under those afflicted by it.
    As it has become not just epidemic, but PANDEMIC, it's really not something to joke about, especially within a yoga community that has become vapid in it's supposed devout spirituality……

  11. elephantjournal says:

    The Buddha, or Buddhism generally, might disagree with you there.

  12. elephantjournal says:

    Samurai leaves lots of sharp comments. So does Harleigh. Please coffee it up and report back with 2x sharp, barbed blog about it.

  13. yogaboca says:

    Very funny! 🙂

  14. Harleigh Quinn says:

    Working on it. 😉

  15. Harleigh Quinn says:

    Actually, the buddha, siddhartha guatama, most definitely would, but for reason you may not think.
    Buddhism, not so much. It doesn't really "prescribe" yoga, just meditation.
    Also, it didn't really take into account guided mediation and how it can be abused either.
    And narcissism, due to our media influences and people's even more innate selfishness (let's face it, now is no different than our parents' 60s and 70s and we're LIVING how THAT turned out…) due to a desired standard of living that was not as important then, was also not so great an issue when buddhism was in its seminal period, being a scaled down version of vedic science also known as brahmanism or hinduism.

  16. oz_ says:

    First, we need to distinguish between healthful and unhealthful narcissism – without the former, there would be no human species.

    Furthermore, narcissism is a lot more complex than is being portrayed in this thread, which seems to be describing simple egotism. Kohut's self-psychology talks about the more interesting facets like narcissistic rage and wounding, which result in behavior far more damaging than egotism. And perhaps more deserving of compassion.

  17. oz_ says:

    "Do pick her up in an electric or hybrid car like a Prius."

    Or – explain to her that you would have picked her up in a Prius, but you discovered that the neodymium used in the Prius is mined in China by methods which are not only calamitously destructive to the environment, but have caused the incidence of cancers like leukemia and autoimmune disorders among mine workers and their children to skyrocket.

    At this stage, even a Ford pickup might appear to be eco-friendly by comparison. Or not. Maybe you'd better just walk. 😉

  18. cherikali says:

    its to cliche and a little bad taste…. its not my kind of humor

  19. heather says:

    thanks soooo much Kate! xo

  20. Harleigh Quinn says:

    Actually, what you described is EXACTLY what I have witnessed and talk about.
    The irony that those practicing something that is to make them peaceful and content (in THEIR minds) actually provokes such narcissistic responses and actions from them.

    I am fully aware as to the differences in narcissism.

    I still contend that the narcissism portrayed by you nuts is the adverse type.

    Also, narcissistic rage can be portrayed in many ways. It is not always physical or violently explosive. It can be practiced in such a way that it could almost be considered sociopathic (it is a sociopathic trait, after all….) It can be practiced in ways such as refusing apology for acts they know they committed toward someone that are obviously interpreted as wrong, it can be portrayed as any action they know would adversely affect another party.
    Any type of vindictive behavior can be termed and classified as narcissistic rage. Wounding can fall within that category, however in either case it is intentional.

    As Narcissism is an ego disease, they actually do fall hand in hand.

    My opinion is it is not a disease at all, but a choice.

    The success rate of treatment utilizing mindfulness practice is absolutely appalling and subject of an elephant journal blog I am writing specifically on this subject and how it has invaded buddhism, yoga and spirituality.

  21. just into yoga says:

    This is..satire? I hope? (If it is, it's not good.) I just subscribed 5 minutes ago, and this is the first thing I chose to read. Very disappointing.

  22. Joe Sparks says:

    The minute you start "classifying" or "puting a label on" somebody or on somebody's problem, you've lost touch with reality.
    Terms such as " narcissism," "nuts," "sociopath," normal," "abnormal," "mental illness," are completely misleading. These terms were attempts to describe (1) the unwillingness of an individual to submit to, or function according to, an externally imposed standard or model from other people or from a culture or a society, or (2) the effects of distress patterns on an individual's functioning.
    Always respect the person, no matter how patterned the person's behavior.
    Communication that respects a person will be more sucessful than communication that respects a pattern. To confuse the person and the pattern creates difficulties.

  23. Andrew Gurvey says:

    I love this article. I'm not sure where the whole narcissism discussion entered into everything. I thought the article was tongue-in-cheek and quite clever. There were also many elements of true experiences that have had from having been on many dates in this life, both in and out of the yoga world. I'm glad that someone wrote an article that actually has a sense of humor about it. As a self-described Yoga Stud, I took notes on this article and intend to implement it on my next date!

  24. Jerry says:

    Funny! love your humor, Heather,,,keep it coming!

  25. heather says:

    thank you! always love the kind words…

  26. heather says:

    Yoga Stud-hah hah hah. I am also not where that entire discussion got started. not even related to this article. lol. but its a fun read too! and educational so that's cool. thanks for the support!

  27. heather says:

    Lot's of people seem to be interpreting it differently so if it sucked for you, that's cool too. it's all good. We all have opinions, different expectations, backgrounds, experiences and senses of humor. Like I said in one of my articles on EJ. " I'm just another yogi with an opinion and a laptop." Perhaps you'll like this one better.

    If not well,it's all good and it's never personal. Be well!

  28. heather says:

    Fair enough! Hope you find some articles you like on here. There are many great ones! Thanks for taking the time to express your opinion! Be well

  29. heather says:

    WOW. great to know.

  30. heather says:

    Thank you! I had fun writing it. My articles always have some sense of NYC sarcasm or edgy humor. U have written a few articles on here. You may like YOGA BULLY. A little truth and little humor.… Have a lovely day and be well! thanks for the support.

  31. sordog1 says:

    🙂 Someday you need to write tips for dating oldinis! 🙂

  32. Sessie says:

    Is this an article or an ad for Whole Foods?

  33. SayWhat? says:

    Or, you could just take her off the special pedestal, stop expecting her to emanate radiant flows of Shaktiness, and just treat her like a girl.

  34. heather says:

    im sorry you found it so confusing. I dont work for whole foods so not an ad. In the 1000 words I wrote about 50 on whole foods. I'll do better next time! wink. hahaha.. have a lovely day and be well.

  35. heather says:

    I think you'll like the third article in this series more…so hang in there…remember its all for fun and humor.

  36. Harleigh Quinn says:

    I'm sorry, but I find it difficult to respect someone that shows complete and utter disrespect for me as a human being.
    I hate to say this, but that sounds remarkably similar to an argument I would get from any identified narcissist, whom do not like to be held accountable, and will attempt to parse words to somehow come out on top.
    Communication does not work with them. They manipulate it to benefit themselves, not matter how you attempt to leave NO ROOM for manipulation. It's like trying to tell Jaws it's not okay to eat the surfers.
    He will find a way to tell you it is (manipulate you), or Just eat you (Disrespect/gaslighting/narcissistic rage).

  37. heather says:

    THANK YOU! have an amazing day.

  38. catnipkiss says:

    Damn it! i am never going to get this Yoga Woman stuff right! i keep forgetting to not shave my legs and to wear pachouli. And I guess having him get me drunk and take me straight to bed is just out of the question………. (sigh)- Alexa M

  39. yogasamurai says:

    Harleigh —

    Of course that's why they gravitate toward yoga. It's the fast track to power-tripping. And it sure beats dog walking and waitressing. You don't even need a real degree.

    There's a sociological study just waiting to be done on the new yoga sub-culture. It's really one very interesting slice of female culture generally. With mainstream religious organizations, from the Catholics to the storefront evangelical churches dominated by male priests, this is one career path for the female spiritualist.

    American Yoga is a New Age voodoo or Wiccan type movement – with yogi "priestesses" creating studios much as the Voodoo women create their "houses." Same idea. Same cult of the pantheon of gods and goddesses, with much the same manipulation of psychic energies, too.

    Re: Narcissism which all women suffer from it these days, with the culture and the marketplace having placed them at the center of attention. But there are more clinical forms, too, like NPD and serious psychopathy.

    Closed organizations like Anusara tend to become breeding grounds for these pathologies, with the people involved "enabled" and even promoted by the group.

  40. yogasamurai says:

    I'm reminded of Kyle, the soldier in The Terminator, desperately trying to warn his captors that they can't reason with the Terminator because the cyborg – a metaphor for a possessed hman perhaps – doesn't operate out of volition, but out of programming.

    "Don't you people understand? He kills! He's a Terminator! That's ALL he does!"

    Harleigh, you have great social-psychological insight. Yes, these things are very subtle, but very apparent, if you have the "vision" to see it.

    One of the yogis interviewed here made an incredibly revealing statement —

    She said that the yoga teacher always had power over the students, but the "good" ones give it back.

    Wow, unbelieveable, but then again, not. She's describing the exchange with a spiritual predator.

    Of course these things can happen in therapy and in other teaching professions, especially if the student or patient engages heavily in "transference."

    The problem here is that we have unlicensed often deeply ungrounded teachers engaged in their own "transference," and that's where things can get scary for all.

  41. yogasamurai says:

    This is absolute poppycock, Mr. Sparks. If it were true, we would have no deep therapy and no healing. When treating any malady — we start with diagnosis. In other words we get out of denial that there's a problem

    Your argument replicates the deep denial – and defiance – of the one needing treatment. People get caught up in these "patterns." Ultimately, they're the "confused" ones.

  42. yogasamurai says:

    Struck a nerve have we? LOL

  43. oz_ says:

    Wow! The snarkiness in the comments here is bad even by EJ standards. Some are just plain mean – some merely snide. Really hard to not let fly with the second arrow. Here's a suggestion: if it's not to your taste, just move on and read something else. Humor is completely subjective, after all, which means that commenting negatively says a lot more about the commenter than about the article.

  44. Harleigh Quinn says:


  45. Harleigh Quinn says:

    Your description is apt. Thank you.
    I will never forget when my now estranged wife, who is a 200 hour certified yoga instructor (went to yogaville last year as part of her manically induced midlife crisis) posted on her Facebook page

    "It feels so good to be back in front of a yoga class again!!"

    I asked her in a private message (she had fled to poland to attempt to outrun non-existent domestic violence charges) why she needed to be in front of a class to do yoga.

    She narcissistically could not find a response to that, so she attempted to avoid it.

    We should definitely meet for coffee or something.
    I write on here under a different name, however you can email me at [email protected]

    It would be great to interface with you about this and "mukti yogini". lol!!

  46. Harleigh Quinn says:

    It's very much related.

    The type of "yogini" you describe (by the way, yogi and yogini are terms very much treasured in traditional india, yet we hand it out like candy) is what the DSM describes as a narcissist, which is a sub-category of sociopathy.

  47. Harleigh Quinn says:

    You nuts was meant to read as "yoga nuts"
    The new OSX spell corrects for you.
    I apologize for the misunderstanding of that line.