the “ooom.”

(this post went up for a few minutes on Friday by accident…sorry if you’re seeing it for the second time!)

I am not into yoga. I tried to convince myself that I was this summer, and I dutifully went to class every day (it helped that I was unemployed and the mumbo jumbo of “be here in this moment, you are exactly where you need to be” positively reinforced my lack of direction). I felt cool when I could finally do bakasana and bird of paradise (though it did not give me abs like those. If it had, I would have stuck with yoga),

but I never really bought in. As soon as my schedule got busier, yoga was the first thing to drop, and I didn’t miss the down dogs, warrior ones, chair poses, or extended side angles even a smidge. Funnily enough, the only thing I did miss in my daily life was that philosophical “mumbo jumbo,” because for every eye roll I sent in the direction of the well-meaning instructor, there was a good little lesson that stayed with me for the rest of the day.

Thank goodness I can now get some wisdom without getting on the mat. Zen Habits is a minimalist blog with a correspondingly minimalist message. Leo Babauta posts every few days with a lesson for simplifying your life, and I like his take on things even more than I liked yogalogic because Leo offers concrete steps for reaching goals. His blog has been called one of the 25 Best Blogs by Time Magazine, and while his suggestions are sometimes provocative, he writes his thoughts and ideas eloquently and engagingly. Two posts I’ve particularly liked?  7 Little Things That Make Life Effortless, and The Silliness of Busyness.

So if you’re looking to improve your everyday life without having to go through this first, check out Zen Habits.

(Photos from Ashtanga News and Comfort In Style Mag)

5 thoughts on “the “ooom.”

  1. I can never seem to stick with yoga either. One of my goals this year is to meditate or do a bit of yoga each day. But Leo’s most recent post is encouraging me to forget goals. That’s pretty tempting.

    • My office has meditating time every Friday afternoon (it’s a pretty funny site with all of us cross legged in the conference room), but that’s about all I squeeze in. Should do more!

      • Interesting you said “cross legged.” RB was watching C’s tap class the other day and offered a woman his seat. He said, “here, I was never comfortable sitting Indian style on the floor, do you want my chair?” She replied, “you can’t say that anymore. You have to say criss cross applesauce.” What grown man says “criss cross applesauce?” He told her, “no, I don’t.” 🙂

  2. This type of advice/dogma/philosophy usually makes me roll my eyes too, but I am going to give “the ooom” a chance after reading your personal experience with it. except that I might be too busy… 😉

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