I 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.
Both 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!
You 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
– David Beadle
Do you yoga? What else is blogging like? How else is blogging like yoga?
* Those are entirely nonsensical sentences.