Elephant Walk, Gelatin Print. -Deborah Santoro
And stopped writing. Ironically enough. It’s not their fault, but I started thinking about writing as more of an assignment, and began worrying over the flow of a piece, the overall composition. Which pretty much brought my blog to a stand still.
The other reason is I decided to take my practice up a notch and practice first and write later. Which is great for my practice, and deathly for writing as the early morning is a time when the words just flow. But I woke up this morning and had the thought that I miss writing. Which is probably another excuse to not get on my mat.
Another interesting thing about writing a yoga blog, as a yoga teacher, is that you start wondering at a certain point if things are too personal to share. If you should present yourself in a more professional way. I have friends who have gone on to open up studios and they have to think about their image. So far I’ve always kept it down to earth here, sort of. I mean, I do get a bit flighty once in a while, but overall I’m not trying to impress anybody.
Oh the ways in which we fool ourselves. In many ways it’s all about attention, isn’t it?
But once you set yourself up as a purveyor of yogic wisdom, it could get a bit harder to admit that you yelled at your kids in the supermarket or ate a hostess twinkie or something. Now I haven’t had a Hostess twinkie in a long time, do they still sell those? But this Halloween thing did just happen and I am not so pure… there’s this thing called the “Mom and Dad tax” on candy don’t you know. And I do love those dark chocolate mounds things the kids occasionally get…
I’ve been thinking about this a lot this year, since my youngest has gone to kindergarden and I will be teaching at a new yoga studio called Buddha Nest Yoga in Groton, Ma run by my friend Anne Dries. The same thing goes for my art blog where I currently my post my thoughts and frustrations in that realm but I do notice that professional artists usually present themselves online in a more polished way.
One final thought though, all those super polished blogs and websites are not always so interesting to me. I love all the funky personal practice blogs where people freely admit their flaws and foibles and keep practicing anyway. It’s so much more real.
If you got this far, I’ll just say this. It’s election day. You can probably guess who I’m voting for today. If you wanted to know, I would tell you. Looking for a more politically astute post? Try YogaRose. There’s a really good Angela Jamison quote in there if you scroll down.