Being a hippie chick of the 1960s and 1970s I grew up with a “fuck the rules” attitude.
I ran from Chicago’s Finest during the Sly Stone riot in Grant Park when the band didn’t show up to play. I also ran away at 16.
Seeing Martin Luther King get hit in the head with a brick when he marched for open housing in my neighborhood and watching on TV the war zone that was the 1968 Chicago Democratic Convention pretty much radicalized me at a young age.
So me and most rules? Yeah, not so much. They make me very itchy. And it’s the same way with Yoga. Although I spent 10 years going back and forth to India to the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, a Yoga school one can consider traditional, I still march to the beat of my own drummer. That’s why Erich Schiffmann’s Freedom Style Yoga and Paulie Zink’s Yin Yoga feel so right to me.
An anarchist is someone who rebels against authority, the established order, or ruling power. I’ve been called a Maverick, a Yoga Subversive, and a Fierce Voice in the Yoga Blogosphere so I dig the idea of Yoga Anarchy. But you have to know the rules before you can break them. Like the way a jazz musician studies the traditional way of making music for years then one day starts playing free form jazz and blows peoples’ minds.
Are you a Yoga Maverick? Do you color outside the lines? Do you hate being put in a typical Yoga box? Do you explore your own personal Yoga? Join the Yoga Anarchist Movement and fly your Yoga Freak flag high.
When I sell 5 then they are printed and shipped. The font is simple as befitting a no frills anarchist but on the back of both the men’s and women’s shirts there’s a fuchsia lotus design that represents my business logo.
The ancient Yogis, the sramanas, broke away to do their own thing, rejecting Vedic Hindu ritualism and the authority of the Hindu priests.
So do your own thing and tell the world you’re a Yoga Anarchist.