Friday, April 28, 2006

i completely agree

"we get so many calls from westerners. they call, 'how can I become a teacher?' they write to us, 'how can I become a teacher?' you have to become a student first. for a long time. maybe ten years."

long-time readers know that ashtanga makes me grumpy, but i must say that i completely agree with sharath rangaswamy here. (thanks, souljerky!)

i absolutely have no truck for aerobics teachers who go 3-day seminars and call themselves "certified" to teach yoga.

nor do i have much more patience with aging ballerinas who take 6 months of yoga classes, go to a 1-month workshop, and emerge as mistresses of enlightenment, informing us all that we will be reborn as dogs if we don't make our cats vegetarian now or blow out our knees attempting poses that are inappropriate for us.

let's face it, the yoga alliance program guidelines are basically good, but there doesn't seem to be much checking up on how they are implemented. some yoga studios just pump out "registered" yoga teachers after a few weekends as a cash cow.

often people who know me ask when i will become a yoga teacher. and the answer is never.

i feel zero need to stand in front of a room full of people and tell them they are damned if they eat meat, wear leather, trade stocks on wall street, or drive a non-hybrid car. it's none of my business to preach to anyone, thank you very much.

and if it were, i would preach to them about coffee and chocolate anyway!

i do yoga because i like it, because it makes me feel better, and because it works for me. ymmv.

you have to live your life as it seems best to you, and if you want, you can do yoga to help you figure out how to make that happen.


i did brew up peter g's counterculture bolivia this morning in the chemex, as promised. it's yummy if you want a snappy, honeyed, spicy, vanilla coffee.

i want to write more about this one tomorrow. . .

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