Over the years I’ve interviewed some of my favorite yoga teachers.
Here are the highlights:
You’ve said yoga will “ruin” your life as you know it… What did you mean by that? And how has it ruined yours?
It’s completely ruined mine! I think you’re never off the hook. Once you know about the philosophy and “the path,” you know when you’re off it.
Recently I went to a party and some friends were talking about another person who was not there. The talk was not kind (*not* ahimsa) and probably not entirely true (*not* satya).
I didn’t get up and leave the conversation and it’s really heavy on me this morning. My body told me to get up—I felt a little nauseas (another way you’re *ruined*—you’re more aware of your physical and emotional feelings). I even had dreams about it last night.
But I didn’t say anything or excuse myself, and I can’t change it, and there’s no sense in berating myself (back to ahimsa). So I take this experience and set the intention to do it differently next time.
For more with Michelle Marlahan proprietress of It’s All Yoga (Sacramento) – my primary teacher - excerpt from Part 2.
It was a beginner’s class, but an accelerated one intended for folks who were already “in shape.” I don’t know what led me to believe that described me. I’ll never forget the teacher kneeling beside me trying to encourage me to roll back into plough pose. All my efforts produced almost no movement, only grunting.
I do remember that I did my first handstand in that class. I actually cried out: “Jeezus!!!”
The teacher didn’t find it funny.
Speaking of laughing and yoga….here’s how Anna Guest-Jelley describes her yoga classes.
I like to describe my classes as a choose-your-own-adventure book. Remember those? I give lots of different options during class. I always talk with my students before class to check in and see what’s going on with them so I have an idea of what modifications to offer. The classes themselves are usually quiet with some bursts of laughter.
Who or what inspires you? Who are your favorite yoga teachers?
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