Speedo + Cussing = Yoga Superstar.

Via David Romanelli
on Nov 6, 2013
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He is often referred to as The Most Famous Yoga Teacher in the World, by none other than…himself.

Back in 1996 when I first got into yoga, I would roam the studios throughout Santa Monica, falling deeper and deeper in love with the ancient practice.

One morning, I ventured over to Beverly Hills to take class with The Most Famous Yoga Teacher in the World.

The room was packed with over 100 people.

And there he stood.

Shiny body. Balled hair. Little Speedo holding tight. And a microphone.

Wow, this was the real deal, I thought. Just like how it is in India.

Minutes passed. He had not yet spoken. I waited and waited.

What would the The Most Famous Teacher in the World’s first words be?

Surely something poetic, honey flowing from his lips.

A muscular dude shuffled into class late and found his spot in the back of the room.

The Most Famous Yoga Teacher in the World zeroed in on this muscular dude and said, “You! You in the back! You look good on outside…”

He paused.

“You sh*t on the inside!!!”


Rabbi and Kabbalic scholar Lawrence Kushner tells a story.

One morning he walks to his doorstep to retrieve the morning paper. There is also a bird on the doorstep.

He makes eye contact with the bird and the bird makes eye contact with him.

They both have this feeling they are not supposed to get this close. But for that brief instant, he has a brush with another world.

That is how we connect with The Universe…in brief moments, small encounters, whisks of coincidence that brush across our lives.

If we pay attention, we see the mosaic of images and messages which string together in the most gorgeous ways.

But most of us, myself included, are far too busy to give credence to these brief encounters.

And the only way most of us learn to pay attention is when a shiny man in a speedo screams through a microphone:

You sh*t on the inside!!! 

In some way today, do you feel life cutting (or cussing) at your soul?

Do yourself a favor. Ease your pain and struggle now.

Listen. Pay attention.

Can you think back on recent coincidences? They are meaningful beyond measure. Don’t even think. Just trust and explore who you bumped into or who you’ve heard about from three different sources.

Do you feel physical pain? That’s your soul trying to get your attention and plead with you for more purpose, more Trust, more love, more self-discovery. Personally, I am dealing with terrible lower back pain this morning.


Do you feel scarcity, loneliness, illness? That is a layer of tension and fear blocking the flow of life and love. (note to self)

You can spend years at the feet of a guru, who squeezes you dry, and maybe then, you will Listen.

But why wait years and sweat out your soul…

…when with one deep, long, soothing, revitalizing breath…

…you can reconnect with the rhythm of nature…and your soul.


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Ed: Bryonie Wise



About David Romanelli

David "Yeah Dave" Romanelli has played a major role in pioneering the modernization of wellness in the United States. He believes wellness and feeling good is so much more than fancy yoga poses, green juice, and tight-fitting clothes. Dave launched his career fusing ancient wellness practices with modern passions like exotic chocolate, fine wine, and gourmet food by creating Yoga + Chocolate, Yoga + Wine, and Yoga for Foodies.  His work has been featured in The Wall Street JournalFood + Wine, Newsweek and The New York Times; and his debut book, Yeah Dave's Guide to Livin' the Moment reached #1 on the Amazon Self-Help Bestseller List. Dave's new book launches in Fall 2014 from Skyhorse Publishing. Check out his new show Yeah Dave! brought to you by Scripps Network, the people behind The Food Network, Travel Channel, HGTV, and more.  He is a current contributor to Health Magazine, Yoga Journal, and various other publications. Discover more about his journey on www.yeahdave.com.


3 Responses to “Speedo + Cussing = Yoga Superstar.”

  1. michael says:

    …done with Bikram the man. misogyny, ego, more ego, perpetuating the guru phenomenon and now a litany of vile, unacceptable behaviors coming to light. I navigate my way through him and the yoga, embracing all the yoga infinitely offers and letting go entirely of the speedo+cussing self proclaimed super star.

  2. Amahl says:

    "That is how we connect with The Universe…in brief moments, small encounters, whisks of coincidence that brush across our lives."

    Beautifully said. I've always viewed coincidence as the Universe's way of telling me I'm exactly where I should be; but I'm realizing lately that the "where," is actually "here," in the present moment. Being here now is really the only way to experience these synchronous moments. Otherwise, they pass by without our observation.

    Thank you for your succinct words.

  3. Amahl and Michael thank you for the beautiful words. So glad the post hit on something for you.