On Yoga and Finding and Pursuing the Thing that Gets You out of Your Funk:

“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn't understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.” ― Cynthia Occelli

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Mid-life crisis, existential crisis, epic freakout…. whatever you want to call it, we’ve all had one or more. Today’s episode is less about yoga and more about how to respond to a period of breakdown and come out better than before. For Jason Konopinski, our guest today, yoga was his savior. For you, it might be something else. 

Jason is a man of many trades and interests - writer, fly fisherman, yoga studio manager and instructor for House of Yoga in York, PA. We had a great conversation about how yoga helped him through a difficult and rather directionless period in his life. I say this episode isn’t about yoga because it could be about whatever interest or passion serves as a turning point for you, and about pursuing that passion now, instead of waiting. On the other hand, I know a lot of you have considered doing yoga but you are wary of it because you don’t have the patience. We have something for you - and a hint - saying you don't like yoga, or don't have the patience for it is like saying you don't like ice cream because you hate butter pecan. 

We talk about how he was pulled toward yoga, and how taking one step towards something you are excited about cascades into change in many places in life.

Other topics: 

  • Physical benefits of yoga - losing weight
  • How taking one step in a direction cascades to other things
  • Different styles of different yoga for different people
  • What it's like being new at something
  • Dealing with uncertainty

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