podcast ep 35: the universe doesn't have your back... but it's OK

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Yoga philosophy does not characterize the universe as a glorious place designed to fulfill all your wishes if you ask it nicely. That doesn't mean goal setting is bad - quite the contrary - but this is a cheeky exploration into the difference between new age spirituality pop religion and yoga philosophy. We go into some psychology on willpower and self-control, too!

Give that it's the new year, we talk about...

- Where the phrase "the universe has your back" came from and Gabrielle Bernstein (who is a heck of a lot more popular on instagram than I am)

- How heavily influenced by latent Christian culture new age spirituality can be, including evangelical movements

- How this differs from yoga philosophy, which does not see the universe as omniscient and providing

- Why goal setting is a good thing for yogis to do and participate in, and some interesting facts about willpower from The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal

And more!

LINKS + VIDEOS

Heart rate variability from Harvard

the limitations of #stopdropandyoga or #yogaeverydamnday

Can you do a dancer's pose, or better yet a handstand, slap an Instagram filter on it, and be a legitimate yogi?

If you're reading this post, your newsfeed probably looks like mine - inspirational quotations, beautiful lunches, smoothies, and yoga pose photos. The hashtags I've noticed accompanying the yoga pose multi-platform posts are dominantly "stop drop and yoga" and "yoga every damn day".  These labels accompany images of smiling yogis striking a pose (voga?) anywhere from the grocery store to the golf course. While I may risk being devoid of fun, I'm going to take it, because I think you may need permission to brag about yourself. More on that later.

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