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!
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.