thoughts on yoga

So what if a few people get arrogant about how they practice yoga, or how long they can hold a headstand, or how great they look in spandex? Really, who cares? The majority of the people that I know who are drawn to yoga are sweet, kind, caring, generous and compassionate people who care about what happens in the world – and who give so much to others that the couple of hours a week that they take for themselves to practice yoga keeps them strong enough to continue giving.

Last January, there were a handful of articles in the NY Times talking about egotistical yoga teachers and about how yoga isn’t good for you. I came across my response to those articles and decided to repost them here. 

I want to add that if you are new to yoga, try out a few classes with different teachers. Don’t take advanced classes if you are a beginner. There are a lot of styles and teachers out there; not all may suit your needs or temperament. Do what you can and enjoy yourself!

My comment to the “is yoga bad” argument that’s been happening lately: I have my issues with yoga – and the “superstar” hoopla – but what it really boils down to is my personal practice and my teaching practice. If I am more at peace with myself, then I am more at peace in the world – and hopefully that peace has a ripple effect.
And when students walk into a classroom at the end of the day looking tense and harried and fearful and then leave relaxed and calm and grateful for the relief, there is nothing wrong with that. Maybe just for that night, they won’t go home and berate themselves or abuse their children, maybe they won’t fight with their partner, maybe they won’t have that drink after all, or maybe they’ll be polite to the cashier at the Circle K.

So what if a few people get arrogant about how they practice yoga, or how long they can hold a headstand, or how great they look in spandex? Really, who cares? The majority of the people that I know who are drawn to yoga are sweet, kind, caring, generous and compassionate people who care about what happens in the world – and who give so much to others that the couple of hours a week that they take for themselves to practice yoga keeps them strong enough to continue giving.

There ain’t nothin’ wrong with that! Om shanti~

  1. Thanks for sharing Holly! I agree totally! The cynical ones will bash anything, especially when its helping people become less cynical! 🙂

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    1. All I know, G, is that yoga has helped me have a better life – and no one can bash that!!! xo

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