Clean Yoga

Posted by: on Dec 28, 2013 | 2 Comments
Clean Yoga
image from @yogiphotogjo

In yoga we talk a lot about working to achieve enlightenment, elevating our consciousnesses and finding ourselves one with the universe.

But until we are actually enlightened, we may need a little propping up. We may want to support our spines with blocks in bridge, use a strap to bind a twist, a bolster to open our hearts and a blanket to warm us as we sink corpse-like in savassana.

Yes we are yogis and we’re special and we’re getting more godlike every day.

Especially when it comes to putting our props away .

Everybody knows that gods don’t do housework. They don’t fold blankets, they don’t wind up straps and they especially don’t stand in line to put a bunch of blocks away like kindergardeners.

No, gods have more important and inspired things to be doing and anyway, there are people who are much better cut out for those kinds of tasks.

It’s all really clear…some people wash feet and other people have their feet washed. That’s how it goes, right?

Uh. Wrong.

True yogis are caring and contributing members of their communities. Their god-liness comes from their generosity of spirit—a spirit that manifests itself in the physical world in the form of thoughtfulness, cleanliness and neatness.

Long have scholars been looking to explain why Arjuna suffered so many trials and had to live life through a veil of bad karma and confusion.

The answer may be as simple as the fact that right at the very beginning of the Bhagavad Gita he dropped his arrows and didn’t even bother cleaning them up. Krishna does not like that.

So, come on yogis!  Make sure you don’t mess up years of karma.

Put your props and blankets and mats neatly away at the end of class.

It’s the god-like thing to do.


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  1. odellst6
    October 28, 2013

    Very fun! But I confess my heart is with Arjuna – one little mistake and Krishna is all over his back. Was Krishna the studio owner from Hell?!

    Ha, ha!

  2. Colleen Saidman
    October 31, 2013

    We have photographs of the props before and after class on the Yoga S
    Shanti Facebook page. Its pretty funny. But, it would be amazing if mindfulness could last beyond our own mats.