My Karma Ran Over My Dogma

I have a fun surprise for you today! Eden from Eden’s Eats and I have executed our very first “post swap.” So, without further delay, I am honored to have Eden explain how her karma ran over her dogma.

Don’t forget to check out my post on her site in the next couple days, as well. And if you haven’t been there before, stick around and read some of the archives. You won’t be disappointed.

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Welcome to Abby’s blog!

I feel honored that I get the chance dispense my pearls of wisdom through her site because Abby has truly been one of my inspirations to begin blogging again after a two year hiatus I took.

Abby wrote a pretty stellar blog post over at my blog, so writing this was challenging. I could certainly not top her whit and genius I can only hope I’m just below par.

You may have seen me in the comment section from time to time, and maybe you even clicked on my name and ventured over to my site. But if you didn’t, I’ll fill you in (briefly) about me.

I’m a professional trained chef and yoga instructor. I started out like any kid born and raised in Los Angeles—wanting to be an actress. I majored and theater in college, did a few stints on television and dropped out my junior year to go to culinary school.

Towards the end of culinary school, I entered a unique treatment center to deal with an eating disorder that I struggled with since I was 13. I had a wonderful experience in treatment, mainly because I didn’t go to a “normal” facility and I had excellent support when I got out.

But I know what you’re thinking — a chef and you have an eating disorder? It sounds like an oxymoron like “fat-free half and half” or “floppy disks.” But as many people that have struggled with an eating disorder will tell you, when you malnourish yourself, you tend to want to feed others with reckless abandon.

Fast forward about a year and I decided to train to become a yoga instructor. I can go on and on about my life, but that’s not what I want this post to be about. While brainstorming about what to write for this post, I asked myself, “What would Abby’s readers like to know about my profession?” I considered writing about food, but that’s very cliché for me. I mean, I feel that my whole life is centered around food. I was also considering touching upon my own “issues” with food and exercise. But there are plenty of sites for that.

So, I thought I’d tap in to my other area of expertise—yoga.

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I have been practicing yoga for over a decade, but I’ve only been teaching professionally for about a year. I’m currently getting my 300 hr certification (in addition to the 200 hr certification I already acquired) so you could say I’m a pretty experienced yogi. And from my experience, I thought I would dispense some pearls of wisdom about this ancient practice:

While some of my favorite teachers happen to be men, the guys I see at my local yoga studio take the class for the dumbest reasons. Need a breakdown?

1) Some (maybe 2%) honestly do it for the REAL purpose yoga was invented for: to prepare and strengthen the body for long periods of meditation. I fully respect these guys and they can come yoga it out with me anytime.

2) A bigger percent do it for the physical benefits: flexibility, core strength, improved balance, to protect the back and learn to relax. That’s OK in my book as well. Anything to get them out of the meathead gym is cool by me.

3) A big percentage of the male college students that attend class do it for this reason: to use the yogic breathing exercises to help them take the deepest possible bong hits.This doesn’t bother me too much, but it does when they come to class baked and distract me by trying to be steady in something as simple as child’s pose.

4) Probably the largest percent of most males attend class because it’s usually filled with a sweaty, spandex-clad pantheon of models and dancers who can rest their feet on their head.

5) Lastly, some perverts do it for this simple reason: to go down on themselves.

cat-yogaBut regardless of one’s intentions in practicing yoga, after some time certain realizations will come.* For example:

You will gain an understanding of your own body far beyond what’s available to anyone but a mortuary technician taking liberties after the autopsy.

Assuming you gave them up sometime after kindergarten, head stands are tremendous fun. The trouble is that seven-year-olds are short and fearless, and it can take years to build up the strength and confidence to try it as an adult.

So, there’s the gist of my lesson. For the record, I don’t do yoga for the “meditation” and I love meat (there you have it, another oxymoron—a meat-eating yoga instructor.) I’m not your typical yoga instructor, and I’m not your typical chef.

Because like Abby, I have “issues,” too.

*Note: Side effects include hums, mantras and mild chanting

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16 responses to “My Karma Ran Over My Dogma

  1. Love your “life story!” I definitely understand what you said about being in the midst of an ED and wanting to feed everyone else. Thank you for sharing your yoga journey as well!

  2. Eden, I am starting my yoga 200 hr in October and I am so excited. I, too, love to cook and am recovering from an ed. Your story is amazing, I will definitely be over at your blog.

    • Yay! the 200 hr was a lot of fun! Where are you taking it? The 300hr is a lot more relaxed and you sort of get to make your own program, more like graduate school and the 200hr is undergrad :)

  3. I had no idea about guys doing yoga for other reasons besides…….liking yoga. Haha

    Very informative!
    <3 Tori

  4. Hi Eden! Loved the post. I had to laugh when I thought about why I first started yoga: to get in shape for my wedding. Then it morphed into something completely different and I appreciate it on so many levels now.

    I don’t usually attend classes mostly out of laziness (I’d rather be at home) but also out of feeling uncomfortable next to someone “better” than me. Silly, I know. What do you think about practice on your own vs. attending a class?

  5. I’ve always been so intrigued by yoga but never really took the plunge. I think I’m too scattered and have problems shutting off my brain. That and I’m an introvert who is scared to make an ass out of herself in a class.

    Love the cartoon, btw. :)

    • Believe me, there are so many “scatter brained” yogis. I think that’s why the are so attracted to it, it gives them some sort of balance. In fact, I think my brain is more turned on doing yoga vs doing something mindless like running on a treadmill. Take a class! a promise you won’t regret it!

  6. Hi there – I love this post – and love Abby’s on yours. this is such a great idea. Anyway – I used to practice Bikram ALOT – and I loved it. LOVE! But I was not so keen on the ever-popular lurkers that came. Most of the men were totally into the ‘practice of it’ – I guess you have to be in that heat – but there were some…clearly NOT. And I have to say – that bothered me alot – as in Bikram – the clothing that makes sense is not exactly conservative. The things some people will do:)

  7. I love your blunt humour, Eden.
    I did a daily yoga practice in high school, and I first got into it because I went to this hippie-ish school my first year of HS. One of the teachers was a yoga instructor who decided to offer yoga as a credit since the school didn’t have Phys. Ed. I was so excited that a. I didn’t have to take PE and be the small one chosen last for team sports anymore and b. I could take yoga as a credit (I had a bit of experience with yoga and really liked it). Anyway, a lot of guys opted to take the class because they thought it would be an easy credit- sadly, they were wrong, the yoga teacher was hardcore and she also marked heavily on participation so if you didn’t do something and went into child’s pose, she would deduct from your grade- but I’m sure the guys also wanted to take the class for some of the reasons you stated in this post.

    • Haha, thats funny! I totally would have opted out of PE! my school was hippie too, I took “israeli folk dancing” for PE credit. Its was really just dancing around in a circle holding hands.

  8. So that’s why those guys come to yoga class. Good to know. Well, actually a live in a city with a lot of hippies and most of those guys are probably the 2% you mentioned.

    Anyway, I enjoyed this post! And Abby I really liked reading your post on Eden’s blog. I didn’t comment because I was too afraid to find out how I would be categorized (kidding, of course).

    • I was nervous we wouldn’t get ANY comments on that one, and I was actually so curious to read them! I’ve never been so eager to see comments before that “comments post”

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