The following post is via our friend and great blogger Erica Rodefer; her blog is called SpoiledYogi. Erica is a writer and yoga teacher living in Charleston, SC. As the former online editor for Yoga Journal magazine, she lived and breathed yoga at work and at home. She practiced with amazing teachers every day, went to yoga conferences, and had a supportive environment to live her yoga. Now, she’s trying to navigate yoga in the real world. This blog is about her journey to find contentment and live in the present, no matter what. Her loves include yoga, writing, crafting, her cat Gracey, and her dog Penny. Check out her most recent post below via SpoiledYogi.com
SpoiledYogi’s 10 Ways to Trick Your Husband into Doing Yoga
1. Tell him it will make him sleep like a baby — a happy, relaxed, content baby.
2. Try this line: “Yoga is about being, not about doing. You’re actually doing it right now, Honey. You just don’t know it.”
3. Embody the bliss . . . and wait for him to come to you. I think it was Alanna Kaivalya who, in a workshop I took with her at a conference, said you can’t get someone to come to your way of thinking by forcing them. It’s much more effective if you attract them by being nonchalant and mysterious about it. “Wow, you look really relaxed and great lately! What are you doing?” “Oh, nothing really. It’s just the yoga. You can come with me next time if you want.”
4. Start simple, with one pose. I suggest Savasana (Corpse Pose) or Viparita Karani (Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose).
5. Let him think it’s a massage. Spy your dearest hunched over his keyboard. Take the opportunity to give him a sweet shoulder adjustment. Over time, you’ll see him sit up a little straighter in the chair.
6. Sneak a little yoga philosophy into your everyday conversations. “I’m sorry you had a bad day at work. But we can enjoy the evening together, right? Just be here in the present moment?”
7. Take advantage of holidays, birthdays, and special occasions. Anwser the question “What do you want for your birthday/Christmas/Valentine’s Day/our anniversary?” with a simple. “If you don’t know what to get you could always just go to a yoga class with me . . .” Just make sure it’s a jovial suggestion, and not a guilt trip or a nag.
8. Play Krishna Das in the background while you’re doing chores around the house.
9. Don’t try to be his teacher. Imagine how you’d feel if he were correcting your poses. Unless you’re doing a restorative practice together, leave your house and go to a class, for heavens sake! You want this to be a pleasant experience, not something that starts an argument.
10. Make sure your intentions are for his happiness and well-being, not your own.