Can we now retire the phrase #namasteeverydamnday?

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Would it be too much to ask to retire phrases #namasteeverydamnday and #yogaeverdamnday? I have many reasons for this request, but what made this phraseology hit close to home is in my work as a mental health counselor.

One day I was counseling a client who had a recent suicide attempt. I asked her how often she struggles with depression and anxiety. Her reply: “I struggle with depression and anxiety every damn day.”

At that point I knew that she was speaking of a place of deep pain and suffering. At that moment she felt her existence was cursed with little hope. With therapy she eventually got better and now lives a more normalized life which she feels she does not view every single day as a curse.

When I see this hashtagged phrase on my newsfeed, it reminds me of that woman’s suffering. Those who post this hashtag don’t seem to be suffering. New trendy yoga blogs like DoYouYoga.com use this phrase liberally. People posting this are usually bikini clad and have an attitude like they don’t have a care in the world.

In my own practice, I am extremely grateful when I can carve out an hour or two of uninterrupted practice. I feel like every day is a blessing with yoga, not cursed. I know it sounds like I am overreacting. Some people I see blogging about yoga use foul language without missing a beat. Much like a truck driver.

Recently, I have been practicing with mantras by repeating the names of Narayana, and sacred hymns from the Vedas. I believe these are creating much positive change in my life. Coupled with my yoga practice, the effects have been quantamized. Again, it has given me the insight to know that every word said and written has latent power which like tiny drops of water an eventually take down a massive structure.

So my request is to be careful what you write and say. Soundforms become words, words become thoughts, thoughts become actions, repeated actions become Karma, wrong actions become Samskara.

Therefore: #namasteeveryblessedday

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10 thoughts on “Can we now retire the phrase #namasteeverydamnday?

  1. chrisincal

    On mantras: my teacher has been using an invocation I’d never heard. I finally took the time to investigate.

    Perhaps it is well known. “Shantipath” or “sahanaa vavatu”

    Ravi Shankar and George Harrison recorded a version on their “Chants of India” album.

    Perhaps I’ll start using some chants in my new home practice.

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  2. natjtan

    A much nicer hashtag. Every time I see someone showing off, wrong word, showing an example/doing a headstand, wheel, or another inversions, I think of the post you wrote about how photos of yoga poses should be educational. As I find inventions hard, it pressure I don’t need or want. I can do a basic crow but find it hard to do variations and feel I should be doing them to be doing yoga. Handstands are great, but there are times when reclined bound angel pose is twice as good. That said, photos showing non yoga poses or exercises are yes look at me, but are educational – new ideas. But that #yogaeverydamnday, I say please, next photo!

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  3. babycrow

    yogaeverydamnday (and I’m not on instagram so I probably miss a lot of what you talk about – thankfully!) has always simply suggested to me daily commitment. Clearly I’m so inured to bad language I didn’t even think of it that way until I saw your suggestion of ‘everyblessedday’. I like it — much better captures my daily gratitude as well as my daily discipline! thanks as always for such interesting thoughts.

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  4. Aparna

    I’m going to include this post in my instagram account! I always flinched reading that hashtag because it just didn’t give yoga the respect it deserves. I wholeheartedly agree. We should start a hashtag that says #RETIRENAMASTEEVERYDAMNDAY 😉

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