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Man-Festing!

March 21, 2012
My biggest and most well known rule in my class is:

If you fall you must laugh.

I have these bracelets. You probably have one. They are cobalt blue and they say: What Are You Manifesting? on one side. The other, and more important, from a business standpoint-side: Manifestationyoga.com.

The inside says: Manifesting Your Life, One Laugh at a Time.

So, yea, I have these bracelets.

I ordered 400 of said bracelets for my upcoming east coast tour. (Like I’m Prince. On tour and all.)

I opened up the bag on Wednesday to put one on and nearly fainted. Not from the chemical smell of 400 rubber bands, although that was bad. Very bad.

No. Because they said: Man Festationyoga.com.

Man festation?

Am I being infested with men? WTF!!!

Where is my “I”????

It’s crucial!

Ok, so here is my confession:

I did not, in any way, shape or form, laugh when I fell.

I kicked the door in and threw the 400 bracelets across the room and ended up missing Annie Carpenter’s yoga class.

What am I going to do with 400 Man Fests? I yelled at my front door as I kicked it in.

Why couldn’t they forget the question mark or the word What or You?

No. It had to be my website address.

Of course it did.

Now, when people go to find me at Man-festation yoga.com they will most likely end up at a porn site.

I can see this is where my opportunity to laugh was. I am laughing now but I can assure you when it happened, I was not laughing.

I realized the err in my ways quite quickly and brought one of the bags to class. I have 4 bags of 400, mind you.

The theme of class this week is kindness.

I told my students the story and gave them each a bracelet to remind them of 3 things.

1.) To not take life so seriously.

2.) As a reminder to be kind and hopefully to buy the cup of coffee for the person in line behind you at the coffee shop.

3.) To Man-fest, of course.

I write about it on Facebook and all the ladies want one.

 I will get a man with it? Give me 5!

I now have 79 requests for Man-festation bracelets!

FYI: I called company and they said they would get me new ones as fast as they could. Hopefully by my flight Monday night or else it looks like I will be adding an “I” between the words Man and Fest to 400 blue bands with a black Sharpie on the plane.

Jokes aside, I see how I overreacted in the moment. 

I’m still working on it, folks. Sigh.

I got over it pretty fast, but next time, God-willing there is no next time, I won’t kick my door in, miss yoga and throw a bag of 400 smelly blue rubber bracelets down the stairs.

So, in honor of having a sense of humor, please tell me what you think Man-festing is below……

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Below are some excerpts from an amazing email I received last night from a student in one of my Man-Festing classes yesterday:

 The beautiful thing about the Universe is there are never misTAKES . . .only misGIVES.

Jen, this entire situation with the bands is it is perfect. One of the things I value most about your classes, is you truly teach people to laugh at themselves, lighten up & simply have fun . . .yet you do a beautiful job of weaving in the sacred spirit of yoga . . .you bring such a lovely balance of ying & yang energy to the table.

What is most interesting is did you notice what was letter left off the bands? “I”. You are all about the WE Jen . . .more than most people on this planet – everything you stand for & downward dog for ; ) is based on love . . .WEllness has “WE” in it . . .Illness has “I” in it . . . you are a champion for speaking with kindness to ourselves – thinking well – BEING well. So isn’t it it very interesting of all the letters that could be missing on your bands – it just “happened to be the ‘I’.

 Your bands ask “What are you manifesting?” What you manifested was 800 bands instead of 400 – that is one mother fucking powerful manifestor! What you manifested was support and unexpected gifts . . .what you manifested was a gentle reminder that what your ego perceives as imperfection is actually perfect!

Jennifer Pastiloff will be teaching at the Tadasana International Yoga & Music Festival over Earth Day weekend on the beach in Santa Monica, CA, April 20– 22. Click here to check out the festival website and purchase tickets. Enter the code Pastiloff for a $50 discount! (Please note that discount codes expire April 1).

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  • Reply barbarapotter March 21, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Haha Jen. That was so funny made me laugh. A few things to add:

    Be kind to yourself for losing it because none of us are perfect. None of us really knows it all and we all have something to learn till we take our last breath. If someone says they are perfect and never have an off moment…..be afraid….be very afraid:)

    So why not have a little fun and Man Fest once
    in a while. I got a kick out of it for sure.

    Love you:)

  • Reply Frank Gjata March 21, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Man…I absolutely LOVE this!!

    (And your student’s email response!)

    Really. Thank you for bringing this to light.

    Some of the biggest inventions/miracles have come from “mistakes”, right?.

    But so often we “miss the take” and don’t receive it…due to our defenses preconceived notions, righteousness, close-mindedness.

    That’s why I’m such a big believer of going with the flow of what’s being PRESENTED to us in the moment…WHATEVER it is. Because, if we’re open to receiving it, there’s always, always a GIFT in it.

    So, who knows, where your “Man Fest” will lead. It already seems to be popular!

    Regardless, there’s no doubt, with you participating, it will be a party.

    Love and hugs~

    Frank

    • Reply barbarapotter March 21, 2012 at 10:07 am

      Frank and the best part is every cent from them always goes to research to find a cure for the kids. There is indeed another gift in there too:)

      • Reply Frank Gjata March 21, 2012 at 10:13 am

        Beautiful!

        Jennifer is a gift that keeps on giving…in a good way;-)

  • Reply meridith March 21, 2012 at 10:17 am

    laughing so hard! I totally want one! xoxo

  • Reply Debbie March 21, 2012 at 10:39 am

    I teach high school special education. When I try to teach the term “Manifest Destingy”, an American History term, I always try to have the kids connect the thought of “a man wanting a huge feast of land” I am aware this has nothing to do with your philosophy…but coincidental, right!?!?

  • Reply Sara March 21, 2012 at 11:02 am

    I have a very naughty suggestion for what you could sell them as, but I’ll keep it Rated PG here.
    But would it hurt to try to sell them at a gay bar?

  • Reply annie March 21, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Now order:

    ‘IN festationyoga’

    Adore you.

  • Reply Carol March 21, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Ooohhh I want one! It will remind me that to make sh t happen I need to put the I (action) into manifesting. what a great way to use a happy accident, Jen.

  • Reply katemcclafferty March 21, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    One of the MOST hysterical, lovely and enjoyable posts ever!!!! I love your writing, my man-festation bracelet and I love you!!! xoxoxxo
    Have a brilliant trip
    xoxoox

  • Reply jamesvincentknowles March 22, 2012 at 12:01 am

    hahahahahaha…….. you’ve got to be the most fun chick …. EVER~!

  • Reply Britta March 22, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    You really made my day girl ! I have been really, really laughing…and please I would love to have one ! X

    • Reply ManifestYogaJen March 22, 2012 at 1:01 pm

      I miss you so much! Come to Italy in July and I will bring you bracelets galore!

  • Reply Lady A March 22, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    When I read the post header on Facebook, I thought, “Wow, this lady must really want a man! Good on her for calling it out!” What a ridiculous error, with hilarious consquences. I think everyone is right – it’s a good reminder not to take life or the “I” so seriously.

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