What defines a yogi*?
Wikipedia says that “A Yogi is a male practitioner of Yoga”, but is that all there is to it? I don’t think so, which works out fine since I don’t always listen to what the Wiki has to say anyways.
Are there other “qualifications” that make one a yogi? Do we consider someone a yogi depending on how many times a week they go to class… or if they are vegetarian… or if they wear nothing but Lululemon… or if they smell like incense and use strange words that end in asana? Because than if this is so, I might be in some trouble here.
I bring this up because I have a secret to tell… shhhh, keep it down… but, I haven’t done “official” yoga for a month (maybe longer). Now, by “official” yoga I mean classes at a studio or full classes on my own at home. So, does this make me less of a yogi or not one at all? Do I need to remove it from my Twitter handle? Plus, I don’t have any great excuses for this really. In all honesty, I’ve been trying to get used to a new work schedule and attempting to make the most of my summer outdoors (not in class) since the season is quite short in this city. I know, I know, those things shouldn’t stop me from doing yoga… but it’s not like I haven’t done ANY.
You see that crazy lady in the gym weight room practicing yoga poses at the end of her workout? Did you notice that gal whipping out yoga poses along a mountain-side trail? Has your neighbour been acting strange and doing weird poses in her backyard? Oh boy… yeah… hahaha… that was me.
So, as you see, I haven’t been to official classes but I have no shame busting out some poses in the oddest places… hell, I even do some weird seated stretching at my desk at work when I feel the need (no one has noticed that yet, but I bet I’ll get some weird looks when they do!). Also, I wear plenty Lululemon when I am not at work… c’mon, does that count? I certainly hope so, because I’m not vegetarian and definitely don’t smell like incense… but, I do use words that end in “ass…”, oh never mind. ॐ
Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest readers, it’s your turn to tell me when you think defines a yogi? Or… or… can it really be defined? Oh yeah, that’s deep.
ps. Don’t judge me, I’ll get back to classes soon enough… when my body feels it’s need, I’ll definitely go.
pps. * …(or yogini, but as you probably noticed, I use yogi for both sexes most of the time – please don’t get your feathers ruffled on this one <3)