let's do away with some common misconceptions:
meditation is NOT about quieting the mind...
I am very reflective. Which is why I love my morning and evening meditations...
Contrary to public opinion, I don't believe meditation is about quieting the mind.
To me, it's about quieting our busy lives enough so we can actually observe our mind and the questions it raises.
And that can be in lotus seat on a pillow, while walking in the forest, or locked up in the bathroom pretending to get ready for work or bed. Or pretending to read the paper while taking a dump after a working lunch... Let's face it, we all have our sneaky little ways to fit in some alone time.
Meditation allows me to be still enough to hear my soul's answer to the following question: "what does this mean for the way I live my life if I REALLY think it through to the end?"
Now, THAT is a fascinating question to ask for pretty much all aspects of my life! But maybe that's just me.
Fact is: I never cease to be amazed by the simplification and ease that enters my life once I manage to disengage from all the noise.
Try a quiet weekend with no talking - I'm sure you'll be surprised by the new sense of ownership you have of your life (starting with your mind)...
yoga is NOT about showing off how acrobatic I am...
I love my yoga postures - they're called asanas. I don't do them to show off and make others feel bad. I do them because I love the feeling of a good stretch. And because I've learned that physical flexibility brings me more mental and emotional flexibility.
Yoga has made my life infinitely richer and allowed me to adapt much better to an ever changing world around me.
That's why I had a professional photoshoot for my business website that shows me doing yoga on the beach. It's one of my favorite pastimes and one of the anchors for my sanity.
PS: I'm grateful I started learning my asanas in an ashram where the ego (which always compares and wants to us to be best at whatever we do) was immediately switched off because we were asked to close our eyes while practicing in the group. Getting the poses right with closed eyes in itself takes a lot of practice and good teachers, of course. And it also very nicely brings the person back to themselves by shutting out the world around them.
Yoga, after all, IS the path to the self. And not a competitive, ego-boosting sport.
PPS: Just for the record - it took me about 3 months of daily practice and many roll-overs to get my first unsupported headstand nailed. I'm still proud I never once used to a wall for support in this entire time.