I'm Not a Perfect Yogi - Roshini M
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I’m Not a Perfect Yogi

I’m Not a Perfect Yogi

images-1Somewhere amongst our ego’s and thought process as a newer or even older more established yoga student we have this pre-conceived idea in our minds of what a yoga teacher looks like. We make them out to be in our heads “PERFECT”.  We imagine they walk through life, effortlessly with out any pain or suffering and that they are untouchable from shit hitting the fan. Hmm well I beg to differ here as this is not the truth from my own personal experience anyway.

I actually choke on the idea and thought that any of my students place me into a “perfect bracket”.  Its scares me how vulnerable we can all be and I personally love the term and refer to it always that we are all  imperfectly perfect just as we are right now.

I too remember being in the mindset and putting my teachers up pedi stools, hanging off every word they said and thinking OMG they have so got there shit sorted, how perfect are they, wish I was just like them. Hmm not the case at all I can assure you.  As a yoga teacher and student  I have definitely have not got my shit together, I am far from the idealist conformed yogi.  I am still working daily moment to moment on myself, growing, shifting, expanding, contracting, laughing, crying and being ok with my imperfect self.

So below I share with you all 10 reasons why I am not a perfect yogi. I feel complied to share because I think it is so important for us all to see each and every being as ONE, not one of us separate from the other, not one of us perfect and not one of us on any better  journey or any less off a path than the other.  For me in my mind and feeling it is simply about showing up for ourselves daily, nourishing ourselves, being mindful of ourselves and others and always, always coming back to being and living from a space of LOVE. 

1: I am not naturally flexible.

2: I love the F word and I am not shy to use it.

3: I ‘m a REALIST. Im an every day girl that goes through they same emotional bullshit as anyone else. I have the same thoughts, doubts and disbeliefs. I worry about cellulite, veins, pimple, ass fat, wobbly thighs, fitting in, etc, etc.

4: I drink coffee.

5: I don’t wake up and 5am every day to meditate.

6: I don’t practice yoga 7 days a week.

7: I get road rage BIG time.

8: I eat red meat.

9: I freaking LOVE chocolate.

and lastly

10: I enjoy sex.

So as you can see I am just an every day modern yogi  showing up for myself daily. I LOVE who I am, I embrace my imperfections and accept myself whole-heartedly. I am not going to bull shit you and hide my authentic self and I ask you sweet souls to do the same.

EMBRACE your selfs fully and whole-heartedly flaws, pimples, cursing and all. 

Would love for you to share in the comments below what makes you the not so perfect yogi student/teacher, or not so perfect mum, sister, partner, etc  and how do you find acceptance around it.

6 Comments
  • Jess
    Posted at 05:58h, 18 March Reply

    Love this Rosh! 6 reasons I’m not the perfect yoga teacher or student that are different from yours (I do share many of yours):

    1. I go through phases of practicing yoga, and phases of being repelled by the mat – since beginning my teaching journey the longest I’ve gone without practicing physical postures is 3 months

    2. I hate green smoothies

    3. Sometimes I sleep in until 10am (and never feel guilty for it)

    4. I watch TV almost daily – I love Offspring, The Block, House Rules and any kind of cooking show

    5. I usually never sit for formal meditation for any longer than 10 minutes

    6. Sometimes the thought of teaching yoga and sharing my energy makes me feel anxious and resentful – multiple times I’ve driven to class hoping that no one shows up so I can have a break. Almost every time this quickly passes, but not always.

    • Roshi
      Posted at 06:04h, 18 March Reply

      Jess baby girl, I LOVE this… Thanks for being SO freaking honest and sharing deep from that sweet heart of yours… I am so over perfection being betrayed as normal and that we should do this, that and the other or be seen a certain way.. AUTHENTICITY all the way sister… Big lOVE xx

  • Jacqueline Leddy
    Posted at 08:01h, 18 March Reply

    Hi Roshni remember me??
    Thanks so much for sharing this. I always let the idea of what a yogi should be get in my way. I have stopped teaching and practising as I find it way too hard and tiring to find the time with two small boys to look after. But I always feel guilty about this. I still love yoga and know I will get back to it someday. As for your list of ten things I can agree with you on every single one of them!!! My road rage is out of control, I curse like a fishwife and am definitely not naturally flexible. Actually I can barely touch my toes now!! I think this is a really important thing you’ve done here and I think many many others would agree. Thanks again big hug xxxxx

  • Deepa
    Posted at 20:43h, 19 March Reply

    Hi Rosh,

    Totally agree and this is exactly what i feel. The strength of yoga lies in the fact that we can make it what we want it to be. It doesn’t have to be a rigid and painful process.

    It truly is refreshing to meet a yogini like yourself. I could instantly connect to this blog post.

    Cheers,
    Deepa

    The strength of yoga lies in the fact that we can make it what we want it to be. It doesn’t have to be a rigid and painful process.

  • Ingrid
    Posted at 10:39h, 20 March Reply

    Fantastic post, I really enjoyed it!

    I am not a perfect daughter/sister (I could call home more), not a perfect girlfriend (my boyfriend does the dishes), I don’t exercise enough and I can’t say no to chocolate. And that’s a-okay, because it’s me:)

  • Colin
    Posted at 12:27h, 08 July Reply

    Guessing by my name, not a female; though I did enjoy the read.

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