How is cafe cruising like yoga? Apart from a lot of us being addicted to it? Read more. It'll make you feel better about your coffee addictions!
Without fail all the yoga quotees I know are also into their coffee (Missing Bean and what was Zappis being particular local favourites) I too am a bit of a café cruiser. I think my love of cafes started when I set up Yoga Quota and the gaps between classes were perfect for a nice bit of typing and work at a wifi-ed up café. Then it was made an addiction when we practiced under Jericho Coffee Traders in the Yoga Dungeon as we now call it. We would creep upstairs and eat their cinnamon buns on their hessian clad pallet seats. And now that we are above Turl Street Kitchen with fab wifi and dangerously close to the ever popular Missing Bean I don’t think there will be a cure.
I’ve been musing about the similarities with yoga. Mainly to make me feel better for spending so many hours in cafes!
After all Yoga is just a ‘path to enlightment’ you can go down this physical (hatha) route, or a route of devotion (bhakti similar to devotion to God in Christianity) or a Knowledge route (Jnana). So in the loosest state anything that allows you to focus, study yourself, be dedicated and even meditate can be a form of yoga. My relationship to knitting or playing piano is more like this too(!) but going to a coffee shop to find space in your head is a very very normal way of finding headspace nowadays. And long may it continue.
I’ve used the ‘white noise’ app for a yoga practice once too as an experimental class and blog (actually I think we just used the noise from Jericho Coffee Traders mindfully that day!) and it was quite therapeutic.
Now I don’t mean to be irreverent to the beautiful tradition of yoga and the deep scriptures. But I do think it is helpful to think of ways that we can ‘do yoga’ in our life even without ‘doing yoga’ as the western studios would define it. We’ll all get there in the end, just with a different path.