Updated: Nov 29, 2020
Okay average goddesses and average warriors, some of you might be thinking, “hey, true yoga and wine don’t mix.” and you’d be right to think that. True, ancient practices of Yoga go far beyond asanas (postures), and alcohol is also considered tamasic, which is on the opposing side of the scale from the ideal sattvic diet in Ayurveda. There is infinite information about traditional Yoga, and all that it encompasses, and I am grateful for the practices and those who developed them over the ages. Believe it or not, I’ve even taken classes studying the Bhagavad Gita, so I feel like I’ve brushed the surface at least of learning about the real deal stuff. For me, I came to love what was brought to me as the term “yoga.” Yoga opened up multiple doors that guided me to many different avenues and adventures, figuratively and literally. Through it all, I have found some ways to integrate parts of the practice into my life in ways that work for me, but also have learned what to take and what to leave (I've found this method very helpful in different groups relating to religion, community living, sobriety/self-help, parenting advice, etc.).
While I lived in ashrams for extended periods of time, and really dove completely into the lifestyle, I have now found what works for me outside of that setting. Through many different stages of my life, I’ve gone back and forth on the spectrum with alcohol, food and cleanses, exercise or lack there of, sex, etc., and to the extremes on both ends of excessive consumption, sobriety, bingeing, abstaining, over-indulgence and celibacy. I’ve really explored many different sides of myself to find what keeps me happy and healthy; mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I’ve been to AA meetings, done water fasts, been overweight, developed unhealthy habits/addictions to lose weight, and finally thought I had the perfect lifestyle of clean-eating combined with exercise, and then realized I had a lot more learning and growing up to do, etc. etc.
Obviously, I know I do not hold the key to all the secrets, and that what works for me, may not work for the person next to me. We are all unique, and come from many different paths with different traumas and experiences that have shaped us to become who we are today. Today is always a new day also, and we can always strive to better ourselves. Thank goodness, it’s not about being perfect! It’s an ongoing journey.
I’ve had yoga teachers and mentors that I looked to for all the answers only to find out that they had secret habits of ordering quad-shots of espresso when they had the chance to run an errand outside of the ashram (that much caffeine is a big no-no in terms of Ayurveda). There is also such a thing called Orthorexia, where one becomes so obsessed with healthy eating, that their health actually ends up suffering by the choices they make. Examples like these have made me realize that there isn’t one person or diet to look to for everyone, and I have finally come to terms with giving myself permission to choose what is right for my body, mind and soul.
One “rule” I like to live by is, “everything in moderation, including moderation.” To me, Average Goddess isn’t just a clothing boutique to make money off what I think may be catchy images or funny sayings, it’s an expression of bits and pieces of my life journey and my soul. It’s a safe space full of love and acceptance to be my true Self, and in doing so I can only hope it will encourage you to do the same. Life is not all sunshine and rainbows, so maybe we can all just cut some slack and be kinder to ourselves and each other. Personally, sometimes I like to have a glass of wine (or more). Other times I like to go to the opposite side of the world and live in an ashram. It’s called balance.
So yes, true Yoga and wine don’t mix, and I truly respect those who have chosen the traditional ways as their path, and mean no offense to anyone. This website is merely my personal view on things and I’m just using the broad, or shall we say, “average” term of yoga as so many people have come to know it as, so don’t come @ me. What yoga is to me, is simply a very wholesome part of my life that I value and hold close to my heart. However, that is not all that I’m entirely made up of, and there are other spunky sides to this average goddess that can celebrate wine, sex, humor, and all the other things that give life a little more zest.
Song of the Day: “Lust For Life” by Lana Del Rey
Now go do your Sun Salutations and then have a glass of wine or a beer (Or tea or whatever. You do you.).
Picture of Average Goddess doing Dancer's Pose (Natarajasana) while holding a glass of red wine spilling out on top of a mountain.