Bryan Holub aka Yogi Bryan is the creator of the Instagram @namaste_af and Founder of Namaste AF LLC. Yogi Bryan's yoga journey began by accident. He actually made his @namaste_af Instagram to solely make fun of yoga, but then ended up loving the yoga practice.
Yogi Bryan admits to being a completely different person today as the result of implementing yoga and meditation into his everyday life. Yoga and meditation even led him to meet his wife! Not only is Bryan Insta famous, he is the host of The Namaste AF Show and Co- Host of The Yogi Show Podcast. Yogi Bryan's mission is to share the practice of yoga with people so they have a healthy body and a peaceful mind. He lives by the motto: it’s just f*ckin yoga.
To learn more about Yogi Bryan visit his websites at www.namasteaf.com and www.namasteaf.net. Also, be sure and give his podcast a listen to at www.theyogishow.com and don't forget to follow his Instagram @namaste_af!
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This is episode 78 of the Gruler Nation Podcast. My name is Robert Gruler, joined today by Yogi Brian Yogi . Brian is the creator of an Instagram account and we're really dive into that story. It's at an Namaste_AF. He's a founder of Namaste , AF, LLCs , a host of the Namaste AF, show coast , a Yogi show, doing a lot of different stuff,Speaker 2:
a lot of it surrounding yoga, which is pretty sweet. Brian , thanks for being here. Thank you Rob. Thanks so much for having me. I'm glad you came on today. It's a , you've got a , you've got a kind of a hilarious story, so I wanna start with that. So tell me about the Instagram account. I know that this was something that started for one purpose and has evolved into something much different. Yeah. So I never intendedSpeaker 3:
on starting a yoga practice at all. I, it was 2016 January, 2016 and I'm a fast start and I'm like new year new me, I'm at the gym, I'm on the treadmill and Nama staff just popped into my head like the, just the name non-staff . And at that time, like Alf was coming around like yeah. So it was popular and that came to my brain because it was like a week earlier I was on Instagram and I saw one of my friends doing a yoga challenge and she was doing yoga on her kitchen table, yoga on her bed, just yoga everywhere around her house. And she was doing this challenge for her yoga studio and I thought this was completely ridiculous and funny. Like, why are yogis doing this? Why are yogis doing this challenge? So non-staff came into my head and I'm like, I'm going to make fun of yoga. I'm going to start an Instagram just to make fun of yoga. So I created non-state AIF and January and I posted like my first post is me doing chair pose on the top bunk saying I'm elevating my practice, you know? And I was just like making up my own yoga poses, making up the names of the yoga poses. And it started to gain, it got really popular I think within the first month or first couple of weeks, he got a thousand followers. I'm like, I'll keep doing this, I'll keep doing this. And, and I was asked to do a yoga challenge, like one of my friends had a brand and did a yoga challenge and I had no clue how to do any of the poses. I reached out to the yoga teacher on Instagram, like, can you help me out to do this challenge? And she ended up helping me out. She did all the poses and like basically all the yoga teacher, technical technicalities of the yoga poses. And then I would write the funny captions and as the page got more popular, I figured maybe I should learn yoga. So went to a studio, started practicing. After a couple of weeks I joined yoga teacher training because I figured if I want to get my Instagram bigger, I better learn yoga. So I teacher training and the rest is history. Yeah, that's crazy. And now you've got, you've got like over 50,000 followers. Yeah. It's, it's just an amazing ride. That's pretty funny. I mean, so, so you've actually, you're actually a yoga teacher now. Yes. So you're a Yogi. What's a, what does a Yogi, a Yogi is, I mean, we basically, there's the physical asanas, so I love the , the type of yoga that I teach is yen yoga and it's also like a power type Vinyasa yoga. So you're moving your body, you're sinking that breath to the body. For me, how I've developed into the yoga that I am now is like everything's yoga for me, walking the dog, driving my car, you know, tying my shoe, like everything is yoga for me because yoga is just harnessing my mind and just like, just, just being in the present moment. Yeah. I've had, you know, I w before we hopped on, I was explaining, I don't, I don't know anything about yoga. I think I've done it maybe twice in my whole life. And you know, it's been one of those things where it was, you know, part of , uh , some , it was part of something else. Like I was at a workshop and they said, okay, we're gonna do yoga for 30 minutes. I'm like, Oh God, I guess I'll, whatever, you know, whatever. I guess I'll sit there and do it. But that's about as much as I know about it. And you know, I have, I've had many, many people tell me that it's kind of changes their whole lives. Yeah. And you're direct example of that 100%. It changed my life completely. Or I felt like I live in a different dimension. Like I can honestly tell you that I feel like I live in a different dimension. I met my wife at the yoga studio and that's a , that's a crazy story that at the yoga studio that I did my yoga teacher training and I , and I really developed my practice. They do this meditation, it's called a quantum moon meditations . It's like a quantum jump. Like there's different, like they believe that there's different types of dimensions that you can be in at the same time pretty much. Right. And in this meditation is hour long meditation. And before this I never really meditated at all. And this was an hour long meditation. So I'm like, well I'll try it out. Quantum moon meditation looks cool. And in this meditation I was deep in the meditation. Like I saw my future self. Like I, I couldn't even, I can't even explain how deep in the meditation, but I saw this woman in the meditation, but I didn't see her face. And I, I went to go to a second meditation in this quantum jump meditation and I saw the same woman, didn't see her face, went to the third one and I saw this woman's face and it was the front desk, like the , the front desk manager of that yoga studio. And I've been talking to her and yeah, now we're married. Wow. It's , it's nuts. Yeah. It's interesting that you talked about the, the quantum stuff,Speaker 2:
because I read a book called the quantum warrior and it's, it's actually a lot, it's a lot of what you just said is similar to what that author talks about, but he kind of says that there are these kind of multiple universes and there's this connection between the past, the present and the future. And the, the analogy that kinda he was using is , you know, those feelings that you get when you're in a situation and you kinda hear that voice, somebody talking back to you. And he said that, that it really is, you know, we as human beings, we think of the of the of time and linearly you've got the past, you've got the past, the present and the future when in reality they're all kind of meshed in together and you can see or you can, if you listen closely and you get really in touch with your, with your spell yourself and your inner spirit and all that that you can like listen to yourself from the future. And he was saying that currently when you're in your , in your , I'm doing a terrible job explaining this, but you've got your, your present self and you'll, you'll talk back to yourself. You know how you'll, you'll say, man, I shouldn't have said that. Right or that was stupid or that guy's a jerk or whatever. You're talking back to your, to your , to your past self. He says, okay. So if you take that same concept, this idea that you're talking to your past self and you fast forward into the future, your future self is talking back to your past self, which is in your press , which is you and yourSpeaker 3:
right isn't , it's amazing. I I 100% agree with everything and uh , yeah, I love that stuff. Yeah, because you, I mean it's , it's kind of your story. It's my story. And, and to piggyback off what you just said in those quantum jump meditations, there was one particular time where, so how you go through this quantum moon meditation is, you know, you do some breathing, working, do a little bit of yoga before and then you go through your day, like the current day that you're in, you just take yourself, like you're observing yourself going through that day. And then you take yourself going through a day that you could, anything can happen, like your future self or whatever that you want to accomplish or whoever you want to be as your future self. So you take yourself through that day. Now, when I took myself through the current day that I was in, I was observing myself and , and this meditation was later in the afternoon, I think it was in the evening. That morning I was doing a meditation and I felt someone looking at me like through the window I felt someone looking through me through the window and then when I did this quantum meditation, when I took myself through the day, I realized like I was the person that I was thinking was watching myself that it's probably sounds crazy to everybody listening, but yeah, it , and I don't talk about it much because I , I don't feel like I have to prove that that happened. Like I just know I felt, I know it happened to myself. So it , it's , it's powerful. Like I 100% feel that yes, you can communicate with your future self. You can communicate with your past self. I mean time is an illusion. Right? Right. Yeah. I mean you've , you've gone so far, it sounds like you've got your initial experience with yoga and it's , it's, it's like you said, it's a huge part of your life. What, what else has kind of has kind of changed? Are you calm or are you more thoughtful? I'm trying to, I'm trying to like tease out some of the benefits that people get from yoga. Yeah. And that, that's something that I've heard. Like if you go on a spiritual journey or if you go on a journey, like you need to bring something back to show people. Like you can't just tell them like, Oh Hey, you know, yoga changed my life. Well they want to know why. Right , right. I how yoga has changed my life is I am just more self aware. I still have issues with like frustration and anger, but , um , I'm , I'm definitely working on those. But how yoga has changed as I'm definitely more aware and I feel like I can create my reality so much better. Like if I throw something out in the universe, you know, put that intention out in the universe, like it, I can see that come back to me. Um, in terms of like how yoga has changed my life, I have learned so much about myself. I would say like, it's self study. Like I know what's going on in my mind now I feel like I can be more in the present moment and I feel like I've found my strengths and I found my weaknesses. So like it's just a journey in to myself and I've lost like 30 pounds. That's awesome as well. Physically it's been great emotionally and mentally it's been great. But I would say the number one thing is like coming back to my breath, like when I have anxiety I can use like pranayama breath control or I can just come back to the moment. One thing that I've been doing a lot lately is meditating and I started a meditating meditation journey in February and I've been doing it like almost every day a gratitude journal. I've been writing that gratitude, the gratitude list every morning and that just, just the gratitude alone and the meditation alone is like now throughout the day. I think like writing down gratitude lists like I think in gratitude. Did you, did you do any of that prior to coming in contact with yoga? I mean, did you, did you take time for self reflection or did you, did you have that skillset ? I did not. I mean, I, when I, when I was in high school, I played high school golf. Yeah . And playing golf, like I was top in the state, like top five in the state and I got a scholarship to New Mexico state and in golf, like golf is 90% mental. It's all in head because everybody's out there can hit the ball as good as you like when you get to a certain level, but you gotta be able to think better than them. And it's not like with golf it's all yourself. Like I can't, I can't blame anybody else. Like if I hit a shot in the water, like that's all me. So I read a lot of like mental golf game books and, and I realized like I had a mindful practice then because one of the things that really helped me, and it was a golf is not a game of perfect book by Bob Rotella. He said, stay in the present, commit to the process. So stay in the present, commit to the process. And now in my yoga journey now, like that's, I come back to that. So like right now, recording a podcast, staying in the present, and I'm committing to the process of what I'm doing right now. So I did have some mindfulness. I did have some mental practices that I was using, but it wasn't until coming to yoga is I broke down my competitiveness. I'm such a competitive person. And in yoga it's breaking that competitiveness because it's just, I'm , I'm only, it's only me. Like I'm not competing with anybody else's Instagram. I'm not competing with anybody else. And I have to like reel myself back in. Can I cuss on my mottoes ? It's just fucking yoga. And I tell myself that daily. Like it's just fucking yoga, Brian . It's just fucking life. I can't compete with anybody else. Like I can't take this shit so seriously and yoga has helped me not take shit so seriously.Speaker 2:
Why do you think that is? So, it's a really broad question, but you know, yoga, it's, it's a form of movement, right? It's a form of stretching. It's a form of breathing. It's there's techniques, there's, there's almost like a separate language that you, people speak, you know, and you've got all these different , uh , you know , you used like three or four terms already on the show and I had no idea what the heck you're talking about, but it's, you know, it's one of those things that it's got this own culture and you're in a good energy with some other people, right? You're , when you go to the, to the studio, you're in, in a room with other people who are all kind of vibrating and resonating and at a certain frequency and their energies a certain thing, and there's something meditative about moving. I'm just trying to kind of understand what you think. What, what, what, what's the secret, what's the secret sauce in that, in that whole process, just in the whole yoga process. Why it's like, why is it so impactful? Because you swear by it, it's changed your whole life. I know many people who, if they miss their day of yoga thereSpeaker 3:
off kilter. Yeah. Yeah. Like for me, it feels so freaking good. Like it's a release. There's a couple poses like pigeon pose for me, like I get in that pose and I figure shit out. What does that one look like? It's, I'm like, you have , you have your, your right knee up your right hand. Like you're , you're kind of on the ground. Say if you're on your hands and knees. So tabletop is when you're on your hands and knees. Hands are directly under your shoulders, knees directly under your hips. And then you'd take your right knee and put your right knee up to your right hand and you side your shin, like parallels on the mat. So your, your right foot is to the left hand. Um, and then your left leg is back in lung. Probably have to cue up a picture on it or something . Yeah. So it's , it's just a very, it's a very good hip stretch. And like what I've learned in yoga is we hold so much stuff in our hips, like so much emotional things in our hips. So when I'm in that pose, like I just figure shit out. I can breathe and release stuff. It just feels really good. It's like therapeutic. Yeah , it's almost, I would say it's close to like therapeutic, like a drug. It's like a relaxing drug anxiety for me. I struggle with anxiety and I just struggle, struggle with being impatient and yoga just really like gets me back to just slowing the fuck down and breathing. Like just focusing on my own breath because you know, and I know like all of us out there, like we struggle sometimes and it's like what is the remedy to that? Like I can go drink or you can go do this or take like a pill and relax. But like what is like yoga for me is just like a lasting medicine. I can just unwind, I can release and I feel like when I don't do yoga I, I personally like gain weight and I've read that yoga is like not the best exercise because it doesn't really get your heart rate high enough. But for me I feel like it because it relaxes me. It lowers my cortisone cortisol and my stress levels and like my body process, my metabolism works better that way. Yeah, that's, that's kinda what I was, you know , was thinking because it's, it kinda reminds me of like acupuncture in a way, you know, you've been doing, this is something, this is a tried and true modality that's been going on for ever. And you know, people are just getting more in tune with it, but there's something about moving your body in certain ways and breathing and certain patterns that maybe science hasn't really explained all that well. You know, and then there's, there was an author of another book , um , Joe Dispenza wrote a book. Yes, I love him. Yeah. Joe Dispenza. And he talks about, you know, doing these quantifiable studies when they have all these people in a room and they all start thinking certain ways and breathing in certain patterns. And then objectively they've gotten, you know , instruments that measure the energy level of the room goes up and goes down and, and weird stuff that, you know, you really can't explain. And , and yoga kind of resembles that in a way to me. Yeah, it does. It does. And yoga really just got me on the journey of the journey to myself. You know, I, you know, I started, it started the Instagram just to make fun of yoga and then yoga was just physical for me. Like I wanted to look good. I, my buddy who was pretty ripped and I'm like, what are you doing? Cause I know he was doing yoga. I'm like, what are you doing? Like I want to do what you're doing. And he's like, I just do four Vinyasa classes a week and I eat pizza and I drink diet soda. I'm like, I love that I can do that. That's a good diet. I'm sure genetic plays some things, but I'm like, I can do that. So I just did that. I did four Vinyasa classes and Vinyasa, it's , it's more of like a power yoga. So you're, you're flowing. Like they set up a certain sequence of poses on top of each other and then the yoga teacher, I'll just kind of let you flow it out and go on your own and throw some hip hop music on and you , and you're just flowing and you having a good time. So it's almost like a dance and it is, I'm like, it gets my heart rate up and I sweat a lot and I normally do it when it's heated. So I figured I can do four classes a week and I really did. I lost like 30 pounds doing that and I didn't really change my diet much. Yeah. So everything was physical. And then I went and took a Brian Kest masterclass and Brian cast is pretty much the founder of power yoga and it was a three hour masterclass . So I figured like, yeah, I'm going to go work out for three hours, I'm going to get this awesome like body rush and, and just get more ripped. And for the first hour and a half he just had a talk and his talk was like, you know, you can make your yoga shit, you can come and bring whatever shit you have and make your yoga just the shit that you have in the rest of your life. Competitiveness or like, I'm not good enough. I need to, you know , lose all this weight. And he really said like the , his yoga was like really meditation and just being like accepting of yourself and it just started me going down a path of more meditation and just more self study and I do like, I'm not as focused on my body as much. I'm focused on more of like Ian yoga, which is just slow relaxing yoga, more meditation. Like I started my meditation practice and like yoga Neidra which yoga Neidra is like a like a yoga sleep where you , where you relax. So I've like transformed my practice going like super physical to like just more mental and just more relaxing and just letting my body repair itself. And I've been like really studying hypnosis really. In what way? Or for what purpose? For what purpose is, I started meditation and I realized like mantras, you know, it's just like a repetitive mantra. You're saying like a mantra like I am then peace or you know, I am whatever, whenever you want. And you say these mantras over and over again. In guided meditation when I was studying meditation and studying my own practice, I realized guided meditation is basically like a guided hypnosis because when I, at night I started doing these, it's called Michael Michael Seeley . He does these like sleep hypnosis and I was realizing like I'm going to sleep really fast, like putting on on putting on these sleep hypnosis. And then I really started deep diving into, okay, like 95% of your mind is the subconscious. Like only like 5% of what we're doing here right now is actually like your conscious mind, right ? And 95% is your subconscious. And like what is like, what is all that going on? And then meditation made me realize like I can tune in to like the different brain States and the brainwaves and really change my, like my whole mental outlook my whole day. You know? Like when I was writing a gratitude list, I was writing a gratitude list every morning and day 66 I realized like when I was stuck in traffic, instead of being frustrated, I came back to gratitude, right ? Oh dang. There's a shift in my mental change because I've been doing something consistently. And then I, yeah, I just kept deep diving into hypnosis. I'm actually thinking about getting a certification gnosis yeah, I thought a lot about that too. And, and you know, NLP and those types of studies where your neuro linguistic programming and there's, there's, I mean really mountains of evidence that studying those things and actually practicing those things, including yoga, including meditation, does something to rewire your brain in a way. So all of that past conditioning that you've had about bitching about your life and complaining about everything, you make a gratitude journal and you start, you know , you start going through that practice and then like you said, now your , your brain is restructured in a way that your first instinct is to say, I'm fortunate to be here. Thank God I'm alive. You know, this, the people in front of me are , uh, are , are suffering. And I'm fortunate that I'm going to be patient enough to allow them to go. Right. And it just, it's just a shift in your mindset, which is, which is weird. It kind of requires people to, to want to operate at that higher level. Um , where you, that type of person did you think in that way? I mean, I guess it's , it's kind of an inartful question, but I think a lot of people are really bogged down in, in their own little silos, in their own little sphere and they don't ever have that experience where they can step out and kind of do or , or see what you saw. You watching yourself and, and judging yourself from that different dimension. Yeah. I feel just with my personal practice and studying, this is like the whole universe is in like a habit, right? Like rotating around planets, rotating around the sun. The whole universe is a set of habits and you can predict like where a star is going to be because the universe is in such a habit. While our brain is a habit as well, our bodies are a habit and our , our body is the subconscious mind. Our body's doing so many different things throughout the day that it's doing it automatically. Now our brain is just in a circle and in my practice I realize like I'm thinking the same shit over and over again. Like I'm , I'm freaking, you know, I'm this miserable because I'm thinking the same shit over and over again. 95% of the things you think about are the same shit over and over and how am I going to break that? Right. How am I going to break that? And the only way for me to break the cycle is doing something consistently, repetitively to basically reprogram my subconscious mind. I've been doing, I've been doing this abundance re subconscious reprogramming at night for like the past 90 days. And like my, my life has changed drastically in the last 90 days just by listening to subconscious reprogramming over and over again. These mantras over and over again. Like w one mantra is like, whatever I'm seeking is seeking me. Yeah , just really. And at first I threw it on like for the first couple of weeks I'm like, this is silly. This is not, you know, and I and at night now like in the morning and at night that's like really when I consciously can hear it cause you come out of those different brainwaves. When I go to sleep I have caught myself fighting the mantras, fighting the affirmations. I caught myself like arguing with the mantras, which I know like my subconscious is breaking down to get to get these affirmations through. So I'm very, I feel like everybody, wherever you're from, like whatever culture you're from or whatever, TV watch, whatever like is programming you. Like if you want to break that cycle, like set a mantra, set an affirmation that you can say over and over it again with yourself. Even if you're struggling with something and you're angry or if you're anxious, maybe say, you know, I am peace INPS, INPS, you're probably not going to feel anything for like 60 to 90 days. Just keep it going.Speaker 2:
Very interesting. There was an , I have another coach who , who had given a presentation once that I attended and he said, so sort of the same thing. He drew, you know, that picture of the iceberg that's floating around on the internet and you've got, you know, at the top of the iceberg, it's like, you know, little bit that's sticking out of the water and it says like success. And then underneath the iceberg, under the water is all of the other things that you didn't see. It's like perseverance and failure and um, you know, diligence and all that and all those different things. So the point being is that everybody sees the top of the iceberg, but you've got all of this massive weight that's under the water that nobody ever sees or recognizes, which is kind of how, you know, an analogy for how we are living, right? Our conscious mind is that very top, very limited portion of what the world sees. But we have all of this subconscious activity that's going on. And what our coach was saying is that it really has a lot to do with protecting you, that your subconscious wants to , to keep you safe. That's what it was created for since we were, you know, walking around or , or hobbling around before we were upright and, and, you know, throughout the thousands, hundreds of thousands of years of our development, our subconscious was, was evolved to keep us safe. And what you just said about you arguing with your mantra and then,Speaker 3:
and then knowing that it's getting reprogrammed is brilliant. It's like your , your subconscious was fighting back. You know, you had this mantra that you were saying to yourself in an effort to reprogram how you operate and your subconscious saying nobody like, no, we're not going to be doing this. And it's going to cause you to have that argumentation. And then after 60 90 days, it , it gives up . Yes . Yeah, it gives up. And that's why anybody out there like you're going to start a yoga practice or any practice , um, you know , meditation practice. Um , I'm all about what works for you. Like, because someone might go walking in the morning and that is their meditation practice, that is their yoga, like do fucking that. Like if that's what sinks with you, like you don't have to do what I'm doing, you don't have to do what Rob's doing. Like just do something for you that can, that can just get you out of your cycle. Yeah, I completely agree with that. I had a, there was another guest on the show who I've spoken with him about it as well and he, he writes this music that people use for meditation and there are only five minutes , you know, songs and there's a bell and all this stuff. But we were talking offline and I said, man, I have such a difficult time meditating. And he said, well, you work out all the time, right? And I said, yeah. He goes, well that's meditating, man. That's basically what you're doing. You're going in , you're listening to music and you're lifting weights in a way that's rhythmic, right ? One up, one down, one up, one down, over and over and over again and so on and so forth. And I was like, that's a , that's true. It is. When I, when I , when I don't do that, I do feel bad. I feel like I'm missing something. Something's off in my life. And so I think it's great advice to, to give to anybody. Just you gotta you gotta do something. Yeah. Do something to pay attention to your thoughts. I chow for me in February, I really wanted to challenge myself to 90 days of meditating and 90 days of writing a gratitude list in the morning because I wanted to take control of my mornings. I was watching a lot of YouTube and a lot of successful people and just happy people. They take control of their mornings. They don't look at their phone for the first 30 minutes to an hour of the day. I listen to ed, my lead a lot and Gary V and a lot of these , um, Mel Robbins is really good. Mel Robbins was, I think it was Mel Robbins who will say like, take control your morning. So I don't look at my phone for the first 30 to 60 minutes in the morning. And in February I started that meditation practice. I did not feel anything from meditation until like day 77 wow. Day 77 I realize I love this. Wow. Yeah. It took that long. Like I , I was about ready to be like, I'm not getting anything from this. That's , that's amazing. And that's a Testament to your willpower man. I mean a lot of people would've given up a long time before that. Yeah. Yeah. And I committed 90 days. I said 90 days cause I knew, I knew that it takes time for a new habit to develop, you know, takes like 60 days for a new habit developer 90 days. So I knew I needed to give myself that time and just stick with it. The first month it was so hard me to just meditate 10 minutes and then the second month I was getting to 20 minutes, the third month, 30 minutes. Then I was getting into like an hour and then I just, I think I did that for like two weeks. I'm like, this is too long for me. So now I'm like 20 minutes in the morning. It's just I just need it. I just need 20 minutes to just throw on some nice meditation, music, breathe and just see what's going on in my head. Like I'm just observing like what's going on in my head and I've found so many answers that way. That's amazing. Yeah. And you're in, you're helping other people get introduced to this stuff. I know you have a , can you tell us about the postcard challenge you got for meditation and gratitude? Yes. So I just said 50,000 followers about a month ago. Congratulations. Thank you . Thank you. Thank you for cool. Very fun. Very exciting. Cool . I'm just grateful that that even happened and people pay attention to my Instagram memes on there. So I appreciate everybody out there that follows non-state AAF . And I wanted to do something as a challenge because or anytime you hit a milestone like that, you'd do like a giveaway like that . That's normal to do like a giveaway. And I wanted to do something different and I wanted people to send postcards and write, you know, three things that they're grateful for from wherever they're from. And I received so many postcards. I think I had received like 50 postcards from around the world from like Taiwan, Canada, Australia , um, countries like I can't even pronounce. And they would write three things that they're grateful for. And I brought my son into the mix and he would read the postcards with me and it's still going on. Like the actual challenge stopped. Like, cause I did a giveaway and gave away some stuff for Nama AFF . But now it's still going like I'm going to go check the mail on the way home and I'm probably gonna have some more postcards and I, I post these on my, on my website, it's called the gratitude wall. So I post the front and back of these postcards and it's just cool seeing people connecting and sending postcards and feeling grateful. Yeah, that is cool in the fact that you're sort of inspiring them to think through that is very powerful in ways that you probably don't even realize. Yeah, I, I, I feel like so many people out there, especially with social media, are just struggling, you know, because like, we can all put like our best picture on social media whenever you're talking to someone like me too , whenever I'm talking to someone, like I don't know what that person's like really going through deep down inside because we're all putting on a mask. We're all just, you know, you just never know what people are going through. And I know like gratitude for me is like one of the best antidepressants. Yeah. How has, how has the experience been going from, you know, a zero Instagram to a 50,000 follower Instagram thing? Cause I , that's a big, that's a big deal. It's a big number, you know, and a lot of people , um , I think can kind of get overwhelmed by that sort of success in a way. Or they, they become slaves to it, right? I mean, I think the kind of the other end of the spectrum, right ? You have people who write , they all, they want to make money and they want, you know, they want the influencer status and they want all those followers and that becomes the prime motivator in their lives. How can I make more content? How can I get more followers? How can I do that? And it just seems very unhealthy to me to , to be living by those kind of, you know, for many people they're just kind of vanity metrics. Right. And it's just not really impactful. Yours is a little different because you are, you know, people are tuning in. Yes. They're laughing at the memes. Yes. They're, you know, they're ha , they're enjoying your content and what you're putting out there, but they're also, you know, it's also tying them back to a, a concept of gratitude, meditation and fulfillment and all of those different things. But how has the journey been? I mean, it's been, the journey has been, it's a balance. Like it really is come down to a balance. I mean, there's been times where I just wanted to quit social media and just quit, like everything that I'm doing. But then there's like I come back to it and just being like just with anything else that I do in my life, like it needs to be balanced. Yeah. And with anything else in my life, like I need to realize like what is my intention behind these posts? What is my intention behind the Instagram? And it's been like a self study journey just managing an Instagram page and growing it to 50,000 lately. It's lately like the more it's grown, like the easier it is for me. Meaning if I get negative comments, it's easier for me to deal with negative comments. I really, because there's a balance with, you know, do I respond back or do I not respond? You know, there's a balance to that. I've, I, I choose just not to respond because like I, I don't have time for a fight. I don't have time to argue back and forth. In terms of time. Time has been one of my biggest struggles is because I want to get back to everyone's comments and I want to gets back to everyone's direct messages. I just want to connect and just balancing that time with my family time with just my personal practice. Mentally I've been, lately I've been doing like a no phone Saturdays , no phone Sundays and I just don't touch my phone at all. I don't even like reply to texts. I don't even turn it on. It gives me anxiety. Yeah, it does. It does. But then there's like a point, just like sitting in meditation, there's a point where like you hit the breakthrough where like I need to check my phone, I need to check my phone, like what's what's happening? And then like you realize, Oh , it's not so bad. And then like it's like you're good, so right . Yeah, it's , it's been like a challenge managing everything now. I like, my intention is really just like entertaining people. I love making people laugh and I love sharing my journey. So the pressure's off when like I know my truth about it. Like I used to be the class con , I like making people laugh and then if I'm just sharing my journey, like I don't have to make anything else up. Right. Like just what I'm doing. Yeah. Yeah. And , and tell me about some of the other projects that you've got going on. I know you've got this shirt that you're wearing now. Mustapha F you gotta a T-Rex racks with an umbrella on there. Yeah, we've got the announced day . af.com is a clothing company. I've been doing that for years and my wife makes the shirts. She does the designs, the logo. It was actually originally, it's still the logo. It's um , me doing warrior three, so me doing warrior three pose with an umbrella. And then people thought that that was a dinosaur. Okay. So then I just made the dinosaur logo. So that's why we got the non-staff dinosaur edition . I'm doing the Yogi show. I'm the cohost of the Yogi show podcast with Petro Luna. He's a, or also he's a yoga memory. He does Yogi memes, which she has like a almost 150,000 followers. So yeah , we do that and we do that. It's a weekly podcast and we've had some amazing guests on the show. Um , we've had Brian Kest , Kino McGregor and the yoga couple. Yeah. We've had some awesome people there. That's awesome. And you just started your own podcast, right? Yeah . Now my stay AAF show just started that episode 15 listed admin . I'm trying to do a daily podcast on that, so I would just wake up, do it in the morning and you know, a couple minutes and just share my practice, share what I'm learning. That's awesome. Yeah, that's great. And that's a good way for people to kind of get inside your head a little bit. You're kind of sharing your personal what you're working on at that , that particular moment. Exactly. And we were talking before the show about, you know, who our inspirations are, and I listen to Gary V and you're saying, listen to Gary V and he's says, put as much content as you can out there. Like if you got something to share, like post it, put the content out there and don't be worried about family, friends, you know, making fun of your whatever. It's just part of the game. Like part of the game. Yeah . Yeah . You're going to have a lot of haters before you, you have followers, but you're, you're well on your way, man. You're doing, you're doing cool stuff. I love, I love it. So let me, let me ask, you know , how can people connect with you? How can they follow you? Uh, if they want to buy a shirt, if they want to send a postcard, what are some of the best ways for them to do that? Yes , you can go to non-estate aif.net that's basically the non-estate AIF show website. And I, I have my blog there and my link to buy shirts. Like if you like some of the non-staff gear, you can go right there and non-state F. dot net for the Yogi shows, the Yogi show.com. If you want to check that out, we're on all platforms. We're in, we're on YouTube as well. Awesome. And then if [inaudible] , are you still doing the postcard challenge? We're still doing the postcard challenge. Send your postcards. I'm going to read those on the non-state F show. I'm going to read the postcards on the non-staff show and then I post those to the gratitude wall. It's not a stay AAF . Dot net forward slash gratitude wall. And I post those there so you can see all the previous postcards that people sent. Send your postcard. The address is there as well, where to send it to . Awesome. Well Yogi, Brian, man, I appreciate you coming on the show and uh, I look forward to seeing how this continues to evolve cause you're doing cool stuff and I'd love to have you back at some point. I appreciate it. Thanks. I'm so stoked to be on griller nation, everybody, but you better subscribe here. Thanks Yogi. All right , my friend. Thank you. You're welcome.Speaker 1:
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