Blogging is like yoga…

stretchfantasticI could just be doing them both wrong– but I’ve noticed that blogging is a lot like yoga.

You have to be a believer in flexibility and stretching to enjoy either.  If you don’t believe in being flexible in your thoughts and with your words, blogging will be a lonely path.  The same goes for yoga.  If you aren’t in it to stretch your body, it’ll begin to feel pointless.

Both are strangely, intensely personal.  Even if it’s just supposed to be an exercise or a hobby, eventually you will reveal yourself to yourself through your practice.  You start with a small goal– I want to reach my toes, or I want to write once a day.  The next thing you know, your goals are bigger and wider and your journey has been transformed.

No one really wants to hear about blogging or yoga except other bloggers and other yoga-lovers.  True story.  They might be polite and listen, or enjoy outlier stories (the people you’ve met, the gossip you’ve heard, the fight you almost had), but they don’t really want to hear about the essence of your practice.

blogging, gossip, nonsenseBoth are high-intensity learning situations.  What? You don’t know how to ping your widget in your stat reader? Your kriya isn’t in your ashram shanti?*

There are as many types of yoga/blogging as there are people who practice it, but most practicers fall into main categories.

  • The high-intensity-under-pressure types of bloggers/yogis
  • The naked-in-a-park type of bloggers/yogis
  • The follow-every-rule type of bloggers/yogis
  • The it’s-for-peace-of-mind bloggers/yogis
  • The it’s-for-progress bloggers/yogis
  • The we-just-call-it-blogging/yoga-because-it’s-easier-than-inventing-a-new-word bloggers/yogis.

The market is inundated and overwhelmed with information on how to do it better.  Most of it is ignorable.  You’re doing it exactly right by sheer default of the fact that you’re doing it!

 rarasaur, naked, yogaYou have to be fairly willing to embrace your “flaws” in order to enjoy either.  Yes, everyone hears your knees pop when you bend down.  Yes, your readers have noticed your inability to distinguish between all the various ways of writing “its”.  You’re awesome anyway, though, so have no worries.

There are a ton of bells and whistles available, which become more and more appealing the longer you practice.  A yoga mat that looks like wood? A paid listing on a search engine site?  NEED!

When you try to explain your goals to a non-blogger or non-yogi, it sounds made up.  I want to be Freshly Pressed, and to master the bakasana!

Some days you feel like a rock star, some days you can’t remember why you started to begin with.  On those days, I suppose the best thing to do is remember that I think you’re a rock star.

On a related note, I’ve recently noticed that some renowned yoga quotes work quite well if you cross out the word yoga and replace it with “blogging”.  Here are some examples:

“Man is a creature of habits. When you do yoga blog, you unlearn your habits.”
– Bharat Thakur

Yoga Blogging is like music. The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.”
– BKS Iyengar

Yoga Blogging is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are.”
– Jason Crandell

“Whatever you do in life, yoga blogging shows you how to do it better.”
– Chuck Miller

“If you can breathe, you can blog do yoga.”
– David Beadle

Do you yoga?  What else is blogging like? How else is blogging like yoga?

* Those are entirely nonsensical sentences.

109 thoughts on “Blogging is like yoga…

    1. Haha! I love all the crazy jargon. That particular phrase makes no sense, of course, but I figure that’s exactly how I sound to non-bloggers when I start chatting about my to do list. 😀

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  1. Blogging is like yogurt: it’s mostly sweet, it comes in a lot of varieties, it contains culture but it’s not to everyone’s taste. And it sounds like “yoga.”

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  2. Totally agree with the “Some days you feel like a rock star, some days you can’t remember why you started to begin with.”. Blogging everyday only makes you grow into your practise. Lovely Post .Thank you.

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        1. I do the opposite! I apostrophe everything like an apostrophe maniac! 🙂 If I had to manually dot the i’s on a computer, I’d never remember. 😉

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  3. I don’t do yoga, although Pixels appears to be a natural at it. Of course, you’ve highlighted a huge problem for me. I have no idea what “ping a widget in your stats bar” is about. Oh dear, guess the learning curve continues. It’s definitely all about learning and being willing to change your mindset as you move along. I’ve certainly broadened my horizons since I first started. I began thinking I could help the animal shelters in South Africa and quite quickly realised it allows me to help shelters all over the world.

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    1. Haha, it’s all made up. Just a bunch of blogging jargon combined to make an unintelligible statement. 🙂 I figure everything we say to non-bloggers sounds like that. Yes, blogging is quite the transformative journey! 🙂 Who knew?

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  4. I love the way your footnote is getting missed in the anxiety over our lack of know-how!

    ‘I want to be Freshly Pressed and master the bakasana’ – HA! 🙂

    I’m trying to decide which of your categories I fall into. I think I do yoga and blog for peace of mind *and* progress…

    I have just noticed that all your points apply to primary teaching, too. The quotes, not so much 😉

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    1. I know… I didn’t mean to stress people out. 🙂 Yes, many of the points apply to all sorts of individual learnings. I’m always surprised by the things I learn on my path to learning something else entirely! 🙂

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  5. I just adore this post 🙂 especially the bit about no one being interested in your blog or yoga other than other converts…your post really made me smile 🙂

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  6. I’ve been doing yoga since I was 15. It just becomes one of those things you do for life, I guess. Even when I throw in cardio (the occasional serious workout =P ) I still need a shot of yoga in there, lol.

    Omg you should totally read aliceatwonderland’s yoga video post! It was toe curlingly funny!!! =D I don’t know how to link you right now, I’m on mobile and everything is painfully slow, but I guess you could look her up in your reader! =D

    Cheers!

    Cookie

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    1. It definitely is. I’ve been doing yoga daily since 15, too– we’re twins! I have to do my morning yoga now, or it’s like skipping coffee– not good for anyone. 🙂 I’ll check out Alice’s video post! 😀

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  7. Love it!
    Blogging is like yoga in that however many days you go without doing a home practise, knowing that it’s there to come back to is a safety net.
    Blogging is like yoga in that both are good for the soul through giving you the space to process emotions you can’t deal with elsewhere.
    Blogging is like yoga in that both give you the chance to *listen* to your self, if you let them.

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  8. How do you ping a widget?! Lol I can’t even get my videos to look pretty anymore…all of a sudden I just get the hyperlink words but no video pic…I’m not widget savey at all !:D great post x

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    1. 😀 It’s just a nonsense sentence, haha, as far as I know, you cannot ping a widget. I’m not even sure why’d you want to, 😀 I just explaining how our blogger jargon doesn’t make any sense to non-bloggers 🙂

      For your videos– are you just dropping in the link, or going to “add media”? 🙂

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    1. 🙂 When I taught yoga, I’d always say– when it hurts, stop, and start over… because nothing is supposed to hurt! 😀 But of course, those occasional moments of pain are unavoidable, I suppose. 🙂

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  9. How funny to see this! My latest obsession has been yoga (I have to be careful not to say Yoda after Carrie’s post) and now I’m suddenly seeing yoga posts everywhere! This confirms my belief that the world really does revolve around me.

    Seriously, I had no idea how much there was to Yoga – just like I didn’t realize how much there was to blogging. And yeah, when you get too caught up in the crazy “how many followers, likes, comments, stats, etc” do you have, or have you been freshly pressed, or freshly pressed as much as someone else, all you have to do is step back and realize most people outside blogging (which is a heck of a lot of people) have no idea what you’re talking about and don’t really care. It’s frustrating at times, and at other times it keeps you grounded.

    But it’s so nice to find other people as obsessed as you are! Timely and hilarious and oh-so-true post, Rara.

    P.S. Did you know there’s this yoga mat that folds up into book size? For realz.

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    1. That’s synchronicity for you! 😀

      Oh yes, yoga is complex and wonderful. Well, it’s wonderful once you work out a routine that works best for you and your goals– kinda like blogging! 😀

      PS – Oh yes, and it’s so cool! It was the yoga paws that really got me, though. There’s even some yoga mats that you can print your own picture on! 🙂

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      1. Print your own picture? Wow! I’d love to stare at myself while doing Downward Dog. Oh . . . maybe you just meant any picture.

        Yoga paws? Are those the weird socks and gloves with the stickies I’ve seen?

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  10. I do neither yoga nor any other type of exercise (something I NOW admit with shame and regret, but that’s a whole other story) but from what I’ve heard/read pilates is: an exercise using yourself as the weight you have to lift or conquer or something of the sorts… In my mind that is what blogging is, it’s my ego, emotional, mental pilates: Me against myself, against the numbers my effort generates…I have gotten a bit better at it and as you well say, there I days, when I think I am not cut out for this, but that feeling turns into a blog post, so I get to my mental pilates routine… I enjoyed this post sooooo much, thank you Rarasaur, read you soon, Alexandra…btw, thanks for finding your way to my blog because it showed me the way to yours 🙂

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    1. 🙂 Yes, the mental exercise of blogging is definitely one of ups and downs. It’s never easy to exercise, mind or body, so I think we have to remind ourselves to celebrate the doing– regardless of the numbers or our inner critics! 🙂 Thanks for reading, Alexandra!

      xo!
      Rara

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  11. At the risk of sounding morbid, the thought just popped into my head that blogging is like donating blood: at the cost of some temporary discomfort, you’re giving a small but vital part of yourself in the hope that at least one other person will benefit. (P.S. I do practice yoga, especially after long hours of writing– now I see the connection!)

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  12. Oh I’m the naked-in-a-park type of blogger/yogi! Yay!
    Blogging is like cooking. I don’t do either very well, but I try to just have fun with it and see if I can come up with some thing publishable/edible 🙂

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    1. We’ll have to have a cook off one day and see who can destroy a meal better. 😉 Though in my case, the food is “usually” edible… it’s the kitchen that suffers. 😀

      Yay for naked yogis!

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  13. A very good comparison. I am now worrying about what you mean by a “naked in the park” blogger 🙂 I tried yoga once, and ended up laughing my head off, upside down, when the lady beside me let off a very loud noise and bad smell in the middle of it all. Blogging is much better for me, and less smelly.

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    1. Well if you see a sign that says “nagna yoga”, and if you’re afraid of naked yogis… run away from the sign. 😀 Yoga is usually not so stinky, haha! I’d say try it again… if you ace yoga like you ace blogging, you’ll be a pro in no time! 🙂

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  14. I don’t do yoga – I have no balance due to BPV so it would be near impossible for me to do it. Sometimes I feel blogging is therapeutic, sometimes its just relaxing & other times its something I do under pressure.

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    1. A lot of yoga can be done while seated. Many times it’s less about balance and more about stillness. 🙂 I’ve been meaning to write my blogger’s yoga post for 6 months now, but I haven’t figured out how to do it without taking pictures of myself. 😀 Thanks for reading! 🙂

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  15. Great analogy! Though fortunately if I seriously mess up my blogging I’m less likely to end up with a broken hip (I’m not very flexible!) 😉

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    1. Haha, I think we need yoga lessons here– you shouldn’t be doing anything that could break your hip! The key is to stretch, not to snap. 😀 Thank you for reading, and thank goodness you practice non-violent blogging, haha! 😀

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  16. I don’t do yoga, but I follow your analogy. It’s so true that non-bloggers don’t really want to hear about the blogging world. Whenever I start out, “oh, I read this hilarious blog post yesterday…” I can just see their eyes gloss over. It’s a shame they’ll never hear about the yoga/blogging analogy post 🙂

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    1. I’ve been practicing yoga for years and, until people get into it themselves, they’re just not interested. I hadn’t encountered a hobby like that again until blogging. It’s weird, but I suppose it doesn’t matter… as long as we enjoy it! 🙂

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  17. Blogging is a race for me – brain and fingers at the starting gate – and whoomph we’re off – nothing as calm and relaxing as YOGA, full belt to get there, to get those words out. UNLESS of course the dreaded WB comes in too spoil all my fun 🙂 Great post Rawr. xx

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  18. What an enlightened post rara 😉 I have been blogging for a a while while just having started yoga two weeks ago yet I can already see the similarity.The going within element is the common thread in both activities. I’d say.

    Funny you wrote about yoga yesterday, it is what I blogged about today…Great minds… 😉
    Enjoy your week-end, rara

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  19. You have so hit the nail on the head. With both bogging and yoga I feel guilty that I don’t work hard enough, I will never be good enough, why are others better than me?

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  20. Love it Rara, especially the quotes at the end 🙂 With both yoga and blogging I definitely agree that we end up learning so much more about ourselves than we initially expected to going into it!

    Great post as always, thanks for sharing 🙂

    Keep well.

    Rohan.

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  21. I do yoga and blogging the same: look nothing up, just start experimenting, every now and then wonder if I’ve missed something fundamental, and then decide I don’t care and just keep making it up as I go. How has this worked out for me?

    Well, I’m listening to William Durant’s “Story of Philosophy” right now and kind of astounded to realize that many of the basic ideas of philosophy that come from Plato, Socrates, Aristophanes, and Aristotle are all things I’ve written about without realizing I was–essentially–sharing a brain with these guys (you know, except for the whole Utopia needs eugenics thing).

    It has also given me new ideas for entrepreneurship that are fast growing in my brain-case, new arts, crazy novels to write, and awesome people to interact with.

    I don’t know what I’m getting from yoga, other than a peaceful state and greater flexibility. . .I guess I’v e gotten a lot from it actually!

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  22. I agree! (I know that will make all the difference…) Both help me stay grounded and calmer, and develop my self confidence too. 🙂

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  24. Thanks Jasmine for looking our way! Appreciate the visit and follow…hope to have a lot more to offer soon. Only hope it’s of the quality I see here!

    Redo…

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      1. Sorry, I don’t understand the question. But I’ll try again if you’d like to ask it again.

        Redo…

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          1. *blinks* This conversation is super confusing, haha! I don’t know who Jasmine is. But, to the question that I think was directed at me– not good with the new digs. I’m trying to stay optimistic.

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