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November 28th, 2013

10 Reasons To Be Grateful For Your Yoga Family

By Manduka Ambassador, Patti Cocciolo

As the holidays creep ever closer, thoughts of family come to mind: the family you are born or adopted into, the family of friends and co-workers you choose, and maybe, a family of your own making.

This year, I’m especially grateful for my yoga family. In the wake of a move, I’ve found a new community of yogis, while managing to deepen the relationships with my yoga brothers and sisters in far-flung parts of the world. So, in honor of this feeling of gratitude, here are 10 reasons to be thankful for your own yoga family:

1. Your yoga family accepts and even encourages the wearing of stretchy pants - to any and all occasions.

2. Your yoga family uses peer pressure to get you to do things that are good for you, like reading philosophy and practicing meditation. Your yoga family wants you to eat healthier foods, get massages, do a cleanse, and see an Ayurvedic doctor. Self-care is a real and important thing to these relatives.

3. Your yoga family wants you to stay in school forever. No one asks, “Another workshop? Haven’t you finished yoga yet?”

4. Your yoga family doesn’t care what you do for a living or how much money you make. They really and truly just want you to do what makes you happy.

5. Your yoga family is all over the globe. Anyone who practices, anywhere in the world, is your soul sister/brother. Sanskrit is your common tongue.

6. Your yoga family is non-denominational. We’ve all been to several houses of yoga worship, and learned something from each place. It’s all about the journey – not necessarily which prayer book you’re using at a particular time.

7. Your yoga family notices when you get a new pedicure. They appreciate that you made the effort. (This goes for you, too, guys.)

8. Your yoga family celebrates the best you…at that very moment. They’re not remembering your awesome pincha from yesterday. They honor that you made it to class at all and that you did a wicked child’s pose – because it’s exactly what you needed at the time.

9. Your yoga family tree extends back for thousands and thousands and thousands of years. No matter your lineage, you are one in a long line of yogis descended from the most sage, most learned teachers in history. And the more you learn about them and the more you read their teachings, the more humbled you feel to be one of their descendants.

10. Your yoga family helps you to be the best person you can be, and this goes well beyond asana. They are there to support your desire to transcend the obstacles of the physical world, and connect with the divine that already resides within you. (Note to self: This one is the biggie.)

And an extra bonus? The more you see your yoga family, the better your relationships become within all those other family groups who claim you as their own. Try it out this holiday season and see what happens. The peace and calm you find on your mat? Take it with you to your in-laws’ house. It will help. I promise.

So, as the holidays come, don’t lose touch with your yoga family. You’re gonna need them. And after Thanksgiving, you really might appreciate that open policy on stretchy pants.

3 Response(s) to 10 Reasons to be Grateful for your Yoga Family

On December 4th, 2013 at 4:58 am, MICHELLE LACAZE said:

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