Now It Can Be Told
The who-the-hell-are-you-calling desperate, definitely not housewives of RecoveringYogi
BY MAGAZINE CORRESPONDENT JOSLYN HAMILTON
The Magazine of Yoga Conversation: RecoveringYogi
Here’s what happened behind the scenes
on RecoveringYogi this month:
Vanessa wrote a great piece called “Hello, my yoga name is…” and Joslyn piggybacked with some snide commentary in her latest Elephant Journal column, “The Plague of Woo Woo,” about posers who change their perfectly fine given name to something evidently more spiritual but really just harder to spell, pronounce, and program into our iPhones.
But Leslie was like, “Um, guys? I don’t have a problem with spiritual names and in fact, um, I kind of have one.” (Fresh off the keystrokes: My secret (and now not so secret) yoga name.)
Actually, there was no awkward silence because this is one of our favorite quotes and shared personal mottos:
Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.
- Walt Whitman
Here’s the thing about us recovering yogis: we all still have one foot—or at least one pinkie toe— still in the door of the woo woo world. Leslie has her spiritual name; Vanessa believes that you can clear energy with crystals; Joslyn had more than ten phone sessions with a shamanic healer this year. (“But in my defense, she’s really cool and cusses a lot.” – Joslyn)
And sometimes, we even go to yoga
Joslyn, in fact, fell off the recovering yogi wagon pretty hard this month and went to three yoga classes in three days. (Shh, don’t tell.) And Vanessa took advantage of a visit to Seattle to get some warm toasty Baptiste yoga in. Here’s how that went:
If there’s one thing we believe in, it’s our right as artists to be complicated, contradictory, and at times hypocritical.
Oh and by the way, we got our first sample batch of t-shirts in. The one on the right has a good story behind it, but we’re pleading the fifth. And the one on the left—well, that’s our motto (as worn by Vanessa).
And lastly, just for you, a glimpse into a convo between Vanessa and Joslyn while trying to decide on the cartoon for Joslyn’s Plague of Woo Woo article:
￼Don’t squint. It’s not good for your eyes. Click image to enlarge.
The last option won by critical consensus.
Until next month,
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