Merriam-Webster defines yoga as a system of physical postures, breathing techniques, and sometimes meditation derived from Yoga but often practiced independently especially in Western cultures to promote physical and emotional well-being.
Mix that with extreme heat and Dylan’s attitude? Eek.
What do you get when you put a microphone in front of two Original Soupman Soup Club Members and best-friend-bloggers, Natalie and Dylan?
A declaration of their passion for the Original Soupman’s Soups?
A recipe for a warm, happy belly hugging your heart?
Or something else…
Int. Natalie’s Apartment – Afternoon
DYLAN: Walk me through this one more time.
NATALIE: You’re not listening.
DYLAN: I am. I’m just being my wonderful abrasive self.
NATALIE: The teacher…
DYLAN: No. Too far. Start from the beginning. Talk to me like I’m a child.
NATALIE: That shouldn’t be a challenge.
DYLAN: Hilarity ensues.
NATALIE: Ugh… fine.
DYLAN: Here we go.
NATALIE: I’ve been trying yoga out for the past few weeks.
DYLAN: And yoga is…?
NATALIE: Don’t push your luck.
NATALIE: I’ve been taking yoga. Just remain flexible. It helps me calm down too. I’m a little high strung. High strung in a different way than our boy Dylan here. Being in class, I feel, provides me focus and time to quiet my thoughts a little.
DYLAN: This isn’t regular yoga though, is it.
NATALIE: It is regular yoga. Just modified.
DYLAN: I feel you’re trying to change the conversation to make your point.
NATALIE: I am not. You’re making this harder than it needs to be.
DYLAN: I can stop.
NATALIE: Dee, here, is referring to the specific yoga type in which I’ve decided to invest my energy.
DYLAN: It’s so weird.
NATALIE: No, it’s not.
DYLAN: It’s hot yoga, guys.
NATALIE: Bikram yoga. It’s called Bikram yoga.
DYLAN: You are so fancy.
NATALIE: There are thousands of people who do this every day.
DYLAN: Thousands? Did you Google it?
NATALIE: Well, no. I haven’t had a chance. The specific number in attendance is not important. The health benefits are there, at least for me. Studies will argue these points. That’s not my problem.
DYLAN: What is hot…
DYLAN: Bikram yoga. What is it exactly?
NATALIE: Yoga. All the positions. Twenty-six in total. It’s almost the same as a regular class. The real departure is in the temperature. The class is set at 90 to 100 degrees.
DYLAN: That sounds… And I don’t want to overstate things… That sounds literally like torture.
NATALIE: You only say that because you haven’t gone. I’ve been having a blast. It pushes you to not just work, but to be a better you. You are doing things that your body begs you not to do. And yet, you push through knowing you’ll be stronger for the effort. What’s more important than challenging yourself?
DYLAN: Alright. Since we talk about this all the time, let’s compare this to soup.
NATALIE: Not sure how you’re going to do that…
DYLAN: Just wait… The Soupman. They take a recipe that has been around for years. They take ingredients. Be it crab or shrimp or whatever. They make it taste so much better. We all benefit with the delicious results.
NATALIE: That, for some reason, worked… For all intents and purposes, it should not have.
DYLAN: I challenged myself. I pushed through. And now that I’m on the other side? I’m stronger.
NATALIE: Using my own words against me. Everyone loves when a friend or family member takes the time to do that.
DYLAN: Alright, alright. I’m in.
NATALIE: You’re in?
DYLAN: Yes, I’m in. I’ll go. Just let me know the time and place.
DYLAN: That’s settled then. No more discussion.
NATALIE: And if you sign up for classes I get twenty percent off the next month.
DYLAN: Huh. As long as you’re doing it for completely unselfish reasons. Hey.
DYLAN: Can I do the ad read this week?
NATALIE: What ad read?
DYLAN: The one where we let everyone know that now through June 30th, you get 20% off every Original Soupman Soup Club Gold Membership or Higher.
NATALIE: Good job.
DYLAN: With what?
NATALIE: The ad read you just did. Till next time, I’m Natalie.
DYLAN: And I’m Dylan.