Rachelle of NYC, a lifestyle coach practicing yoga on a high beam. Someone on Facebook asked if she’s crazy because of it. My sister tagged me, and of course, I had to give it my focus for a few minutes and try to help change some negative speak happening. And while I wouldn’t do this myself, I have done other “crazy” things that would elicit a similar response. Only because my comfort zone and someone else’s are as unique as we are individuals… read on:
These “yogis” commented with judgement and hypocrisy.
One even stated “I hope she falls jk”.
I find it extra special that they comment as though they know a great deal about what she’s doing, her mindset, and the range of what is crazy behavior and what is sane. It speaks to pack mentality and smells like “trolling” to me.
So, here’s what I have to say:
I’ve skydived a hand full of times. My very first was on my own after a four hour class, yet I guide meditations and practice yoga. I am also a holistic health coach who’s craziest things to date have been moving on a whim to Manhattan, and growing a wellness business without a network, but with crazy faith, positive strangers who are happy to help and be a part of it. Crazy?… maybe.. stupid? No. Is someone hoping for our failures? Probably, so it’s best to ignore negativity and keep pushing along.
Seems like a paradox to take risks, do something dangerous, and uncomfortable, and… promote peacefulness, meditation, and yoga; it isn’t a paradox at all.
What exactly is ego-centric or “crazy” about her confidence in herself? How many times have people called us crazy for doing something we trust in ourselves?
This is only as crazy as tight rope walking, cliff climbing, base jumping, snowboarding, skiing, etc. I think the person asking the question needs to self-evaluate before judging this yogini who clearly has great confidence in herself, self awareness, and … assured footing. Thankfully.
The message looks to be about self trust and the ability to remain calm in a place many are paralyzed by fear just seeing it.
Do you watch the Olympics? Do those skiers not look fit and healthy? Only to do something extremely dangerous that could easily kill them? Is it meditative? Or is it ego based? I believe it’s intrinsic and awe-striking.
Try to disconnect athleticism and self-trust integration as an “ego” thing. Connect, and reflect instead on how it could possibly be a meditation, and one form of connecting to nature (it’s hard to see the nature in this picture, but it’s there… in this case, reaching the sky).
Remember she’s always on the ground and can barely see the sky in NYC. I live here too and understand this feeling. You see a tree here and there. You see the sky, and you want to get close and give it a hug, letting the metal beams and skyscrapers fade into the background.
This beautiful film I cc’d here, illustrates our desire to be close to nature, to fly, to be near the sky, the water, trees, and we do it all through MEDITATIVE activities like motorcycle cruising in the countryside, piloting a glider, base jumping, scuba diving, going for a walk in Central Park, going for a run, boating, and hiking. Most of us aren’t so extreme as base jumping, but we alll do things to get close to our roots.
To be a yogi, one doesn’t need always to be in a yoga studio chanting “Namaste, shanti, shanti, shanti, omm” etc… it’s also about stepping outside your comfort zone, shaking things up, and expressing our authentic desires.
Take a peak at the trailer of this beautiful film and re-think what it means to be “ego-centric” and what it means to be a yogi.
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