You can’t understand it, I can’t explain it

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You can’t understand it, I can’t explain it

College fraternities, membership organizations, underground clubs and other niche organizations have a saying.

From the outside looking in, you can’t understand it; and from the inside looking out, you can’t explain it.

This concept can be applied to a number of different communities, hot yoga being one of them. Because objectively, it’s insane. The heat, the humidity, the length of time, the lack of clothing, the size of the mirrors, you’d have to be medically unbalanced to spend money on something like that.

And yet, millions of people around the world do it every day. Many of whom wouldn’t be able to explain it to you. That’s why most yogis eventually give up trying to persuade their friends to come into class and try it.

Because it’s not exactly an easy sell. It’s like my pastor friend says:

Instead of proselytizing, they stop selling the world on the quality of your springs, simply give others the chance to jump on the trampoline with you.

How many people are interested in what you believe in?

Scott Ginsberg is the author of 36 books, a TEDx speaker, the world record holder of wearing nametags, and the author of A Year in Hot Yoga: Daily Meditations for On and Off the Mat. 

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