Use what works, and leave the rest

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Use what works, and leave the rest

My therapist friend has a very inclusive, approachable way of working with her patients.

When she offers them her toolbox for improving their mental state of being, she always reminds them:

Use what works, and leave the rest.

Love that. It’s personal, it’s solution oriented and it makes the healing process easier to digest. And in fact, that mantra not only applies to therapy, but also to yoga.

When we used to work shifts at the front desk of our studio, educating and checking in new students, we would tell them the following.

You can still buy the whole package without buying into the whole package.

That was our sales pitch. Letting first timers know that they were free to use what worked, and leave the rest. They didn’t have to join the cult and drink the koolaid and practice every day and go make disciples of all nations. Just show up and do your best.

It’s a powerful lesson for students, but also those on the commercial side of yoga.

Students, guests, first timers and newbies must feel liberated to engage, without having to subscribe.

Otherwise they won’t come back for their second class.

Where are you courting isolation rather than inclusiveness?

Scott Ginsberg is the author of 38 books, a TEDx speaker, the world record holder of wearing nametags, and the author A Year in Hot Yoga: Daily Meditations for On and Off the Mat. Scott is a Community Leader at Yoga Tribe Brooklyn, where he is a daily practitioner and the Managing Editor of their award winning blog. Learn more at

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