My domain renewal came round today reminding me that it’s been about a year since I set up my blog. In my little life this is quite a big deal! So I’m celebrating what this means to me.
Blogging would be nothing but an online journal if it were not for you reading. Nothing wrong with that in itself, but having real, genuine readers makes blogging a much richer experience than I’d ever imagined. So I offer thanks to you from my heart. Thank you for your comments and ‘likes’ and your emails directly to me. Such a community! But most of all thank you for giving space to my writing in your busy days — whether you’ve read one post or many posts, whether you’ve loved what I wrote or been insanely irritated by it. I’m happy either way really!
For me it still feels a wonderful luxury to devote time regularly to writing for pleasure, although I find it hard and I do still have a certain ambivalence about blogging about yoga. Is this really stuff suitable or relevant for public consumption?
There’s a line of thinking that sees yoga as a personal practice not meant to be made a deal of publicly, that is just for oneself. And of course there’s something in this. But I don’t think that sharing a personal practice is a necessary contradiction. I hope my blog isn’t a form of self-aggrandisement. I certainly wouldn’t want my practice to turn into a performance, just because I choose to make aspects of it public. I know my practice is nothing special, it just is what it is today, tomorrow, the day following…
For me writing about it has become part of the experience and also part of the letting it go. I think in yoga there is a danger of becoming too identified with or invested in our practice, making it something to grasp at or aspire to (goals, expectations etc) rather than just a tool, a technology that ultimately takes us beyond the shapes on the mat. Instead of it being an egocentric activity I find that blogging is actually something of an antidote to this tendency — it enables me to be less attached to the outcomes of my practice, and more neutrally observant of what the practice is. It’s like stepping outside myself. And all that in about 500 words a pop!
Because writing has become part of my practice of yoga, I try to approach it with the conscious care I pay to other aspects of practice. There’s a challenge in this too, another of yoga’s balancing acts — how to stay genuine, honest, and humble even while choosing to declare these virtues publicly and promote one’s online presence in some way. Ahimsa, satya, aparigraha and all the others — how to practice these online?
Yoga has always been an evolving tradition with changing contexts and ways of practicing, and social media is just a modern dimension of this. I actually find it exciting to engage with this challenge. And I’m curious to hear your thoughts, as bloggers or readers — what does a digital yoga practice look like? Or is the very notion of this the antithesis of what yoga means to you? For me the blogosphere is another aspect of the ‘union’ of yoga. I feel more connected in my practice — I hope you do too.
In any case thank you again for visiting my domain — I roll out my welcome mat to you alongside my yoga mat.