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November 26, 2014

Disclaimer for Yoga Studios: Yoga Doesn’t Care About Your Mat, or Religion.

I think this disclaimer should be read aloud to beginner’s classes, and posted on the wall of every yoga studio to remind us that yoga isn’t about the things.

Yoga isn’t about our lifestyle, our beliefs, our weight, our diet, our flexibility, how spiritual or enlightened we are—yoga is just about showing up and doing our dance on our mats.

Yoga doesn’t care what your hair looks like.

Yoga doesn’t care if you are vegetarian, if you eat meat or know what Kombucha is.

Yoga doesn’t care when the last time you practiced was—yesterday, six months ago, never.

Yoga doesn’t care what kind of mat you have, brand new or eating away at itself.

Yoga doesn’t care if you show up cranky or exhausted.

Yoga doesn’t care what religion you believe in.

Yoga doesn’t care what color your skin is or what gender you choose to love.

Yoga doesn’t care if you wear mala beads.

Yoga doesn’t care what the tag on the back of your pants says.

Yoga doesn’t care if you don’t know what yoga means.

Yoga doesn’t care how much money you have, what house you live in, what car you drive.

Yoga doesn’t care if you are flexible.

Yoga doesn’t care if you fall over in Trikonasana.

Yoga doesn’t care if you fart during practice.

Yoga doesn’t care if you ever make it into head stand.

Yoga doesn’t care if you feel uncomfortable saying Namaste and Om.

Yoga doesn’t care if you drink super food smoothies or drink coconut water.

Yoga doesn’t care if choose the back corner or the front row of the room to practice.

Yoga doesn’t care if you stay to meditate.

Yoga doesn’t care if you can put your leg behind your head, or lick your own ass.

Yoga doesn’t care if you know what Ujjayi breath is.

Yoga doesn’t care if you smoke cigarettes, and drink whisky.

Yoga doesn’t care if you need to leave class halfway through because you’re dehydrated and need to get water.

Yoga doesn’t care if you have a man bun.

Yoga doesn’t care if your monkey mind takes over.

Yoga doesn’t care how old you are, the color of your hair doesn’t affect your practice.

Yoga doesn’t care if you juice or cleanse.

Yoga doesn’t care if you shake the entire 60 minutes.

Yoga doesn’t care if you only feel comfortable doing yoga in Mexico.

Yoga doesn’t care if you spend the entire class in child’s pose.

Yoga doesn’t care what political party you vote for.

Yoga doesn’t care if you are single or divorced.

Yoga doesn’t care if you like Rumi.

Yoga doesn’t care if you like your teacher.

Yoga doesn’t care if you complete a 30 day challenge.

Yoga doesn’t care what version of wheel you go up into.

Yoga doesn’t care if you shop at whole foods.

Yoga doesn’t care if you remember to shave your armpits.

 

Yoga is just happy you show up.

 

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LIvia Merrill Oct 15, 2015 11:41am

Yoga doesn't care if you spend the entire class in child pose

This line stands out to me because it does't matter if you want to relax it only matters if you have the learning experience to be calm.

Jonathan Oct 5, 2015 8:58am

Exactly how does yoga not care about non-violence, i.e. exploiting animals for food? I am shocked that the author refers to herself an animal activist and still claims this. Both yoga and animal activism oppose violence to animals.

Jess Jul 15, 2015 3:37pm

Your asana practice doesn't care..

Your teacher doesn't care…

No one else in your yoga class cares…

The divine/God/whatever you want to call it doesn't care…

But diet, meditation, pranayama… Those are pretty important aspects of the yoga system. So even though it doesn't matter, if you are serious about your yogic journey they are important and *you* should care.

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