A Yogi Not The Average Bear…

A Yogi Not The Average Bear: By Kellie Kennedy-One Baby Boomers View On Life.

What pops in your mind when you hear someone say “I am a yogi?” For many people the mind goes straight to that loveable Yogi Bear and his side kick Boo Boo living in Jellystone Park.

In the year 2012, a yogi is a person who practices yoga  a traditional Indian spiritual discipline which includes meditation and spiritual exercises. I am proud to be a yogi. I am a much healthier, happier and better person for practicing yoga and becoming part of this wonderful and insightful community.

I think for many who don’t understand the practice  of yoga, they perhaps first visualize the old Ghandi sitting on a mat with his legs crossed. While Mahatma Gandhi achieved what he did by cleaning out his mind, by continuous effort, and by the practice of  karma yoga, there is so much more to understanding the practice of yoga.

Each time I attend my yoga class, I think I may have mastered it. I am of course completely delusional.  However, then I am quickly brought right back to reality when I find myself fighting downward facing dog pose …WOOF! I love the fact that yoga teaches a person how to practice more patience. A virtue that has started to serve me very well in my life. I recently came across (by accident) a wonderful explanation of “patience” written by Christopher Dilts.
“Patience is not about waiting. It is not about too little, or too much. It is not about working slowly, or working faster – it is not about taking more time or taking less time.

It is about letting go completely, absolutely, totally; with no strings attached. No strings of any kind. It is about being without the strings. The strings being the ‘push’ and ‘pull’ of our attachments to our intentions, our expectations, our desires.

It is about allowing what is its’ right time, right place, right way of coming into full being. It is about our perceptions being fully open to the moment. It is about sensing and moving with the ebb and flow of all tides.” 

A few years back, I committed my life to yoga as one of my forms of exercise. I decided to practice yoga due to a reoccurrence/diagnosis of Thyroid Cancer. During my cancer treatment, I was introduced to yoga through a wellness center. A large majority of  cancer patients during and after treatment, decide to join this wonderful community and life as a yogi. 

I found there are so many benefits to yoga other than just for exercise. Stress can be a killer for many people. By meditation skills in yoga, I was able to better handle stressful situations and bring down my level of anxiety. I recently placed myself on a small sabbatical from yoga class, while nursing an arm injury (I received outside yoga class). While I was not physically taking my yoga classes, I found myself “out of sorts” to say the least. Not on top of my game. Note to self …continue the practice of medication. Now at 90% recovery, I am back in yoga class and reaping the full benefits of the practice. Yoga is practiced and enjoyed by both women and men. I urge all my readers to investigate the possibility of incorporating yoga in their lifestyle.

14 responses to this post.

  1. Cheers to your recovery and long-term health. It seems stretching and freeing the mind is working wonders … so press on! See the dog makes me think of pets, thus reminding me of this video gem.


  2. Frank
    I love, love this video. I have a cat and dig. Newman is my cat and I spook related to this
    Video. When I want to be in computer Newman wants my attention. Whenever I
    Di anything of importance he bugs me. So I love
    The fact this girl is oblivious to her cat and goes on Hey marry way of


  3. I look forward to starting yoga this spring. Time management has been a problem for me, but as I understand I’m in control of my life and I have decided to take charge, finally!

    Love the post!


  4. I so encourage u to do so regarding yoga. Make it “your tine” this week I was recovering from
    a severe virus. Friday wad my first day back to yoga in 1 1/2 weeks. I thought I
    wad dying a slow death when I was in class. After taking yoga that day I went home and realized
    I did myself a favor. Thanks for stopping by to comment.


  5. Yoga has become a part of our workout routine. It is very beneficial and great for meditating as it does help with stress! Great post and we are looking forward to more.


  6. Posted by Use-to-could on March 23, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Great article! I never knew why they called that pose the downward dog until I saw the photo of the dog stretching.


  7. Posted by Tammy Bleck on March 25, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Hi Kellie, I never had the time for Yoga (sad but true) and now that I do I am unable to participate. Spine issues. There is a lesson there somewhere. But all we have to do is look at those people who practice Yoga to see its benefits. Raquel Welch, Jane Fonda, and millions of others. But I do own a cat (giggle), actually two, and I can state without hesitation that they are also wonderful for my health and relaxation. Loved the video and so enjoyed the post!


    • Hey girl so glad you popped in to read the post. My advice to you (if you are able) ask your doctor if it would be benefical to you to try yoga even with spine issues. he may say it is right up your alley even with those issues. Most people in my yoga have some type of chronic issue, including myself. Hatha yoga would be the best for you to to start out (mostly stretch and medication)


  8. Hey Kellie. Odd that I’m here poking around while you just happened to be poking around on my site as well. 🙂

    I’ve been using all sorts of mind trickery on myself in effort to remain the laid back guy that I’ve always been. Seems that I’ve been losing that quality a little more each year.
    Perhaps I should give this yogi thing a try.

    Whattaya think?


  9. Great minds think alike! oh yous o need to try with your wife a yoga class. It is wonderful!


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