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If they can do it, why can’t you?

You playful yogi, you / Photo: Satyakki Bhattacharjee / Feature photo: Sanjay B

EVEN IF YOU love the work you do, are traveling around the world in search of adventure, or are working your little heart out toward spiritual enlightenment, sometimes the daily grind just takes over.

We forget about one of life’s most important qualities: play.

From the photographer who shot the above scene:

In Rishikesh (upper India) which is a spiritual abode of yogis from across the world, I saw a bunch of yogis in a rare playful mood. So much so, I caught one taking a playful shortcut. It was very nice to see that. I realised he may have given up everything in life but there is still a bit of child left in him, which sometimes makes him be on air.

Since it is Friday, stop whatever you are doing for 10 minutes and go do something that you consider to be fun as hell (as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else). Swing on a swing, jump on a trampoline, play hopscotch. Or go have a scotch (probably best to do at the end of the day).

Just be sure to do it with gusto, and most importantly, awareness.

Bet these yogis are highly aware of their feet hitting the water.

What are you going to do with your 10 minutes of play? Share your fun moments below!



About The Author

Christine Garvin

Christine Garvin is a certified Nutrition Educator and holds a MA in Holistic Health Education. She is the founder/editor of Living Holistically...with a sense of humor and co-founder of Confronting Love. When she is not out traveling the world, she is busy writing, doing yoga, and performing hip-hop and bhangra. She also likes to pretend living in her hippie town of Fairfax, CA is like being on vacation.

  • Tim Patterson

    I’m going to catch a few brook trout in the pond!

  • Kim

    I climbed a tree and played on some monkey bars. :)

  • Ian MacKenzie

    I tried some new yoga moves! Extremely painful ones… but fun nonetheless.

  • Adventurous Wench women’s travel

    I’m going for a quick exercise — stretches, push ups and crunches

  • Christine

    I enjoyed an hour alone hiking and meditating in Yosemite near a rushing waterfall.


  • Satyakki

    Hi, I am the one who shot the photo. Christine, thanks for using it.
    When I am bored or exhausted, I ‘shoot’ myself for pleasure and relaxation. My friends joke me saying – “but that’s like sex?” I say, well, almost like it.

  • The Traveling Yogi

    Thank you for reminding me not to take life too seriously and to have fun! We seem to lose our sense of play as we get older and I think it’s important to remember the child inside. Hmmm, I think I will squish around barefoot in some mud today. 

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