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18 Favorite Yoga Blog Posts of 2010

Yesterday I said that I was taking an eSabbatical...but I have one last parting post before I log off...

I'd like to thank you all for reading this blog. It's truly a labor of love for me and it delights me to know that others enjoy reading it (the idea of me ranting on into the blogosphere while adding nothing to the lives of others doesn't really appeal).

I started this blog for fun over 5 years ago, but it has evolved into something a bit bigger for me. My goal is not only to offer up my perspective on yoga but to somehow contribute to the lives of others, whether it's food for thought or a helpful yoga sequence or some useful information that positively impacts your life. Of course if you have any suggestions on how I can do a better job of contributing, please don't hesitate to get in touch (send me an email at uncommonyogi at gmail dot com).

Since I won't be posting for a few weeks, I'll leave you with some reading material. Here's a little year-end review of sorts in the form of blog highlights from 2010:

Keeping Your Yoga Practice Fresh

The Yoga Studio Alternative

Yoga Blog PSA: Recognize Your Goodness

Invite the Sun into Your Yoga Practice

Healing Yoga: The Yoga Medicine Bag

Asana: The Same Rules Don't Always Apply

11 Minutes to Wow

Cutting the "Spiritual" Mustard: Spritual Materialism, Fake Gurus, and the Era of Yoga Talent Agencies

Snow Shoveling Backache Yoga

The Beauty and the Depth of The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Ground Yourself

Maximizing Your Breath

What Are You Putting in Your Body?

Under Yoga Pressure

Being a Yoga Rebel

Food for Thought: There Is No Path Really, Only Heart

Making Friends with Father Time and Mother Nature

The Most Powerful Weapon in Our Yoga Arsenal

And for those of you who celebrate Christmas, here's a yogic spin on a Christmas classic from the uber-talented Robin Renee:

You can download your own copy of Hare Krishna Christmas here.

My last bit of input for the year comes from a friend of mine (thank you, Russ). He forwarded me this wonderful (and quite funny) list from Swami Beyondananda (gotta love that name!):

Ten Guidelines to Enlightenment

1.  Be a FUNdamentalist.  Ensure that the FUN always comes before the MENTAL. Realize that life is a situation comedy that will never be cancelled. A laugh track has been provided and the reason we are put in the material world is to get more material from that track. Have a good laughsitive twice a day, which will ensure regularity. 

2.  Remember that each of us has been given a special gift just for entering, so you are already a winner!

3.  The most powerful tool on the planet today is Tell-A-Vision. That's where I tell a vision to you and you tell a vision to me. That way, if we don't like the programming we're getting, we can change the channel.

4.  Life is like photography -- you use the negative to develop. No matter what adversity you face, be reassured: of course God loves you. . .

5.  It is true: as we go through life thinking heavy thoughts, thought particles tend to get caught between the ears and cause a condition called "truth decay." Be sure to use mental floss twice a day, and when you're tempted to practice 'tantrum yoga', remember what we teach in the Swami's Absurdiveness Training Class: don't get EVEN, get ODD.

6.   If we want world peace, we must let go of our attachments and truly live like nomads. That's where I no mad at you and you no mad at me. That way there will surely be nomadness on the planet. Peace begins with each of us. A little peace here, a little peace there. Pretty soon all the peaces will fit together to make one big peace everywhere.

7.  I know, great earth changes have been predicted for the future, so if you're looking to avoid earthquakes, my advice is simple: when you find a fault, don't dwell on it.

8.  There's no need to change the world. All we have to do is toilet train the world and we'll never have to change it again.

9.  If you're looking for the key to the Universe, I've got some good news, and some bad news. The bad news: there is no key to the Universe. The good news: it was never locked.

10.  Finally, everything I've told you is 'channeled'. That way, if you don't like it, it's not my fault.  But, remember: enlightenment is not a bureaucracy, so you don't have to go through channels.

Copyright 2001, by Steve Bhaerman.  All rights reserved.

There's nothing like ending the year on a laugh. I'll be back in January.


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