Live! Love! Be happy! (an inspirational poster)

Published on October 19, 2011 by      Print
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By Kirk Hensler, with special thanks to graphic designer Megan Landry

About Kirk Hensler

Kirk Hensler was raised in metro Detroit on a steady diet of meat, potatoes and team sports. As a competitive athlete, he relied on his speed, power and dominant attitude to excel. Years later, when he took up martial arts, he was tossed around a sweaty dojo for months by various women and children. One day, while horizontal on the mat, he had the profound realization that their patience and finesse quietly trumped his strength and aggression. This led to an exploration of ancient Eastern philosophies, which, in turn, led Kirk to Taiwan, where he taught English, studied martial arts and ate a lot of delicious and strange street food. When Kirk returned to the US, he began applying what he’d learned to his Western, urban life and to his career as a wellness coach, martial arts instructor, and yoga teacher.

About Megan Landry 

Special thanks to graphic designer Megan Landry, whose website is designtaco.com.

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36 Comments !

  1. Chrissy says:


    Never have done anything ( and anyone) of the above but Goddamn did I just spit my coffee out laughing:)

  2. Joslyn Hamilton says:


    Kirk, love this one! This is quintessential Recovering Yogi stuff. Thanks for submitting. And thanks Megan too!

  3. Jenifer says:


    if i try to promote my yoga-business coaching in these comments, is that bad form?

    i’m so glad i don’t have herpes iii and the clap.

  4. Mara says:


    You just described my life. I read this laughing (and crying) hiding my face in my hands. OH, THE HORRRRRROR!!!! Fuck.

  5. Mara says:


    Yeah, but if you REPEATEDLY go through it well… then you’re not *only* an asshole but you’re a fucking idiot in addition. Thanks for making my current 30′s-life crisis all the more humorous (and depressing).

    PS- I have a few hundred more to add to this. Yes, this is what being a broke-ass, basically unemployed, disillusioned yoga teacher will do with all her “free” time ; )

  6. kkdoggydawg says:


    FUCKING HILARIOUS!!!!!!!! DO you sell the prints? Please say yes! I wanna see this on Etsy before xmas!

  7. Chet says:


    Hahaha!!! This was awesome, cracked me up!! Kinda made me miss my year travelling last year……*sigh*

  8. Leslie Munday says:


    Kirk, thanks so much for this. Perfect RY shit. Megan, love it.

  9. Brie says:


    Holy shit. This is seriously amazing.

  10. kirk says:


    thanks you guys! it had to be done :)

  11. Emily says:


    Freaking hysterical!!! Lol. I cannot believe how much this describes my Recession Years. How embarrasing. OMG. Vanessa – AWESOME work on this whole site – I am SO over inspirational crap. Had to share on FB…

    • vanessafiola says:


      Emily — so happy to see you here! Thanks for sharing on FB. Joslyn, Leslie, and I have poured our hearts and souls (ahem) into this, so we feel pretty lucky to attract such great writers (and in this case, talented graphic designers too).

      P.S. Please write something for us!

  12. Laura NL says:


    Whahahahaha, had a really good laugh, you are gooooood!!

  13. Martha says:


    This is kind of funny in a Fox News kind of way.

  14. Leah says:


    This is why I am slightly terrified to ever do yoga teacher training!! Id totally be the one to do this! Haha :)

  15. Ann says:


    Apparently, I’m not the only one. That’s the genius of this entire site and the amazing writings, especially this one.

  16. Chrissy says:


    I will refer to this poster the next time I get an over zealous adjustment by a smarmy instructor ;)

  17. Betty says:


    Thank you for confirming that people who do yoga are really stupid.

  18. Claire says:


    Oh my, I can’t stop laughing. Thank you!

  19. The Virgin Mary says:


    Yup. My life story. What a waste of a life but it was fun well it lasted.

  20. vanessafiola says:


    Kirk and Megan, you guys obviously killed it. I love this one, and have re-read it about seven times now. Well done!

    • kirk says:


      yes!!! it was perfect timing. another real inspirational poster and I was going to deactivate my facebook account and start doing hard drugs.

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  22. BenDP says:


    Dear Kirk; as an aspiring in-training male yoga teacher, I am truly moved. We’re up to the third weekend this coming Friday. I think the curriculum needs to be modified. Let me know when you put something together. You’re the man. You’re the Yogi Man.

  23. Jill Holslin says:


    fucking hilarious!!!!! You ROCK Kirk, and I agree with the poster above who would love to see prints of this.

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  25. Kendell says:


    I used to love yoga before all the smelly high school drop-outs with trust funds decided to take 200 hour trainings. Now I have to take a 500 hour training just to seem legit. No, I don’t, I can take up swimming where it’s not all about image or how many times I’ve been to smelly countires on my trust fund. Eat Pray Love did yoga a huge disservice. Did anyone even read it? Thanks for the poster, I have e-mailed it to all the smelly yogi drop outs brewing their mead in their parten-sponsored lofts.

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