#letsgrowyoga: creative ways to share your practice
posted: April 4, 2014
Over the last decade, the planet has seen a surge of people who practice yoga, but LA-based vinyasa yoga teachers and lululemon ambassadors Caley Alissa and Vytas Baskauskas are on a mission to grow yoga even more. Their initiative #LetsGrowYoga is about spreading this word.
Falling in love with yoga isn’t dissimilar to falling in love with a person, in that nothing that makes you happier than sharing your new love with your friends and family. But while you can foist your new boyfriend or girlfriend on your loved ones, your loved ones have to be willing to tag along go to yoga class. Since there are only so many times you can invite someone to a yoga class without sounding like a broken record, you may have to get creative to share your love of yoga. Here are a few ways to do it.
Attraction rather than promotion
Instead of trying to convince others, simply live the benefits of yoga. Lead by example. And if you have the art of modesty down, in casual conversation sneak in random comments about how yoga has positively affected you.
Whether you’re working out with a friend or just out on a hike or walk, suggest a few minutes of stretching and add in a yoga pose or two. They won’t know what hit them.
Ask your buddy to help you stretch something specific like your hamstrings, hips, or back. Once they see how good you feel (but don’t go overboard on the hurts-so-good moaning, lest you look like this), offer to return the favour so that they can enjoy stretching, too. When it’s all said and done then, and only then, use the word yoga.
Inspire through others
Find a cool YouTube video or Instagram feed to help pique curiosity. Subtly mention your friend’s favourite singer/songwriter, actor/actress, professional sports player—who just so happens to practice yoga.
If someone you know is complains about insomnia, digestion issues, tight muscles, etc., do your research (ie. consult a certified teacher) and prescribe! Offer up specific yoga postures or sequences that could help to alleviate their pain and discomfort: Viparita karani (legs up the wall) for insomnia, twists to help promote good digestion, and specific stretches for tight muscles, etc.
Get them a gift card to your favourite yoga apparel store, or find them a cool T-shirt with a yoga theme. These little incentives may motivate them to try a class. It’s tough not to feel like a hypocrite when you’re wearing yoga gear and have never even tried a class.
When all else fails…
When Caley and Vytas aren’t at practice, you’ll find them hiking with their dogs or attempting to do pull-ups at the Santa Monica rings. When not being physically active, it is the lure of pancakes that brings them together. For more info check out Caley’s site, Vytas’ site or search the hashtag #LetsGrowYoga.