You Know You’re a Yogi When…

Via Jennifer S. White
on Dec 13, 2013
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Yes if you carry around a yoga mat... We instantly think "yes please, she's flexible"

Seven signs you’re a yogi:

1) You don’t care about the Lululemon controversy—not really—all you want to do is hop on your mat and move and breathe. Mmmmm…

2) You don’t care if other yoga practitioners don’t truly “get it” yet—because you know that the practice itself leads people down the right path (for them).

3) You appreciate this story of a beloved yoga student: an elderly woman in a chair yoga class closed out her practice by bringing her palms together, placing her thumb knuckles on the center of her forehead, and saying have a nice day rather than namaste.

4) During your practice, you listen to your body and breath—and rest in child’s pose when what you “really” want to do is crank out one more vinyasa sequence.

5) During your practice, you listen to your body and breath—and move through one more vinyasa sequence when what you “really” want to do is rest in child’s pose.

6) That new face on the mat next to you—trying out a yoga class for the first time—fills you with joy and happiness—because you know that this first, hesitantly shy step has just changed his or her life for the better.

7) You know that not all yogis—yourself included—are “hippies”—but you don’t care about this erroneous label because you also know that there are much worse things to be called.

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About Jennifer S. White

Jennifer S. White is a voracious reader, obsessive writer, passionate yoga instructor and drinker of hoppy ales. She’s also a devoted mama and wife (a stay-at-home yogi). She considers herself to be one of the funniest people who ever lived and she’s also an identical twin. In addition to her work on elephant journal, Jennifer has over 40 articles published on the wellness website MindBodyGreen and her yoga-themed column Your Personal Yogi ran in the newspaper Toledo Free Press. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in geology, absolutely no degrees in anything related to literature, and she currently owns a wheel of cheese. If you want to learn more about Jennifer, make sure to check out her writing, as she’s finally put her tendencies to over-think and over-share to good use. Jennifer is the author of The Best Day of Your Life, available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. She's also as excited as a five year old to announce the release of her second book, The Art of Parenting: Love Letters from a Mother, available on Amazon.


8 Responses to “You Know You’re a Yogi When…”

  1. Nicole says:

    Lovely! Thanks!

  2. Katherine says:

    Awesome! Thank you! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  3. Donna says:

    Proud to be a hippie/yogi!

  4. Meg Konturas says:

    Love this and it is so true!! I must admit that it was hard to be yogic when the same woman put her dirty socks right on my mat every dang class, but whatever!

  5. Debbie Lynn says:

    Love this !!!! Thank you for the smile 🙂

  6. Ann Yogi says:

    Thank you Jennifer for the article and those signs truly speak of a devoted yogi. I like it!

  7. Jennifer says:

    Truths indeed. A new yogi/yogini always brings a smile to my face. 🙂

  8. Southboundmomma says:

    Confused as to why loving the newbie is okay but being a hippie is frowned upon?