Find The Joy of Yoga With This One Question

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Find The Joy of Yoga With This One Question

I used to practice yoga with a guy who moaned in the shower.

Loudly, forcefully and repeatedly. To the point that the other guys in the locker room wondered if he was hurt.

But it turns out, he just really loved showering. Especially after sweating it out for ninety minutes in the hot room, standing under a stream of cold water and releasing a guttural moan was one of life’s simple pleasures.

And he wasn’t ashamed of manifesting that delight for everyone to hear.

“Americans hold it in,” he used to say. “Africans let it out.”

A beautiful example of somebody who doesn’t complicate the purity of his enjoyment.

QUESTION: Do you have a small place to enjoy more prosaic pleasures?

It brings to mind the Latin saying, res severa verum gaudium, or, true joy is a serious thing.

Yet another reminder that this world is truly ours for the enjoying, and not just another wearying burden that pins us down with obligations and anxieties.

 Remember, joy is not an accident, it’s a choice. One that we actually have control over.

With this questions, we can allow ourselves to manifest our delight on and off the mat.

Scott Ginsberg is the author of numerous books, including 365 Daily Meditations for On and Off the Mat: A Year in Hot Yoga. He is a TEDx speaker, international business consultant, singer/songwriter and the world record holder of wearing nametags. He is a community leader at Yoga Tribe Brooklyn, where he is a daily practitioner and the managing editor of its award-winning blog. Learn more at


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