How The Grinch Found Yoga.

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For my son.

Inspired by ​​Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas:

 

Every yogi in Yogaville liked yoga a lot….
But the Grinch, who lived just north of Yogaville, did not!
The Grinch hated yoga! The whole yoga culture!
Now, please don’t ask why. It would only be torture.​​
It could be his mind was closed a little too tight.
It could be, perhaps, that his breath was too slight.
But I think that the most likely reason could be,
He kept his heart protected, not allowing it to be free.

Whatever the reason, his heart or his mind.
He stood there that evening, not feeling very kind.

Staring into the studio, with the look of displease,
At the warm yoga bodies moving with such ease.
For he knew every yogi was perfecting their pose,
While looking their best in their fancy yoga clothes.
“And they’re standing on their hands,” he said with despair,
“Without a single strand moving, not one! In their hair!”

Their photos, their quotes, their Instagram postings!
The kale and kombucha, the juice cleanse hostings!
And soon, oh so soon, they would be yoga singing!
The sound of their OMs! Well, it would have his ears ringing!

Then he got an idea! A crazy idea!
This “unyogic” Grinch got a crazy idea!
The Grinch held his breath, not knowing what was in store.
He walked up to the studio, and opened the door…

The Grinch came from the outside, and found his way in.
Which is often how many of us also begin.
He stepped onto a mat, with out expectation.
The evolution was slow, but he found meditation.

And there on the mat, released of all drama.
The Grinch discovered more than only one of the yamas.
It just takes some presence, a trust in the self.
In mindful action, the Grinch found some wealth.

And the Grinch, with his grinch hands touching his toes,
looked around in amazement, thinking, “How could it be so?”

“It came without judgment! It came without goals!”
“It came without challenges, selfies or ‘no’s’!”
And he sat down a few moments, till his breath became longer.
His mind became quiet, his inner voice grew stronger.
“Maybe yoga,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a pose.”
“Maybe yoga… perhaps…is an exercise for the soul.”

And what happened then? Well…in Yogaville they say,
That the Grinch’s trapped heart broke open that day!
And the minute his heart didn’t feel quite such a mess,
His mind opened up too and he found yoga bliss.
And he stepped on his mat. Both feet firmly at home!
And he, he himself! The Grinch sang the last OM!

 ~

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Lyn Gerfin Kehoe is the founder and director of Buddhi Mat Power Yoga Studio in Ridgefield, CT. Studying and teaching power yoga for almost two decades. Grateful to her teachers, Baron Baptiste and Bryan Kest, for showing her what power yoga really is. And encouraging her to trust , listen to and be guided by her own silent voice of wisdom. She takes the plunge into the blogging arena,  hoping to spread the word of what true power yoga is and dispel all misconceptions. You can find her on Facebook, or follow her onInstagram and Twitter.

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Catherine Mccoy Dec 24, 2018 9:28am

So much fun to read! Thank you

donnapfefer Dec 24, 2018 8:56am

Loved this. Thank you!

anonymous Dec 24, 2015 7:29pm

Fantastic!! It’s very clever and so on point. Thank you for adding a warm smile to my evening. Namaste.

anonymous Dec 6, 2014 12:00pm

I just wanted to thank everyone for all the support and love! This was a fun piece to write….The Grinch and yoga are two things close to my heart, the words just flowed and it has been amazing to see so many others touched by it! Thank you so much!
Namaste'
Lyn
"An open heart is an open mind” – Dalai Lama

anonymous Dec 6, 2014 10:41am

Love it. Nicely done Lyn.

anonymous Dec 5, 2014 3:44pm

Lovely!! My kids enjoyed too…….

anonymous Dec 2, 2014 6:30pm

Yes! Love it! It reminds me of this blog post from a few years ago about the Grinch's heart chakra! I love that the Grinch is green, the color of the heart chakra! I think Dr. Seuss was a yogi. 🙂 http://bambinoyoga.com/blog/2012/11/30/the-grinch

anonymous Dec 2, 2014 5:28pm

There are many Grinch’s who are afraid to try

anonymous Dec 1, 2014 10:20pm

Yes, will be passing on to my students…..so great! Thank you for your creative spirit.

anonymous Nov 12, 2014 6:35am

LOVE IT! I can't wait to read it in class – now if only Christmas would come sooner…..

anonymous Nov 10, 2014 9:08am

I absolutely love this. It's very creative and funny 🙂 The original cartoon version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a must watch every winter.

    anonymous Nov 12, 2014 10:57am

    Thank you! How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a must see for me every year too….

anonymous Nov 9, 2014 9:13am

Grinch could meditate (even if only counting frontwards and backwards to himself, over and over again) without all that damned yoga needed first to get him there!!

The moment he'd unknowingly discovered kambakha …

"The Grinch held his breath,"

He was in!!!

"… not knowing what was in store.
He walked up to the studio, and opened the door…

The Grinch came from the outside, and found his way in."

If only that grich were female. I AM A GRINCH, AND PROUD OF IT!!

    anonymous Nov 12, 2014 10:55am

    I think in this case the Grinch could be gender neutral 😉

anonymous Nov 9, 2014 6:02am

Love it!!!