Manifesto: a public declaration of intentions, opinions, objectives, or motives, as one issued by a government, sovereign, or organization (or in this case, yoga teacher).
I believe all people can do yoga.
Yes, even you.
Some folks may be put off by yoga because they may think it’s about twisting their bodies into impossible poses usually found in a bag of pretzels.
Some people may be put off yoga because they think they are too ( chubby, old, young, busy, injured, poor, sad, happy, stressed out, tired, cool…)
Other may be put off yoga because they think they aren’t (flexible, strong, rich, fashionable, knowledgable…) enough.
Still others don’t do yoga because they think yoga is too (weird, out there, religious, trendy, bendy, slow, foreign).
I’m positive people that can find 1,001 reasons not to practice yoga.
I’d like to change all that.
You’ve just got to find the right teacher for your kind of yoga. The right teacher for you.
The right kind of teacher for you, right now, in the body you live in.
The right teacher for you will give modifications, work with the body you have, not have expectations of you, not judge you, not push you, not laugh at you. Generally not make you feel bad about yourself.
The right kind of teacher for you will explain what you are doing, help you move in and out of poses safely, show you how to use props to help you go places you can’t go on your own and maybe even make you giggle on occasion.
The right kind of teacher for you will help you see that yoga isn’t about perfecting poses, but about living in the body you have right now.
The right kind of teacher for you will help you find some stillness in the over-scheduled life we all seem to be living these days.
The right kind of teacher for you will help you see the beauty in the world.
The right kind of teacher for you will help you see the beauty in you.
If any of this sounds good to you, come take a class with me. Right now, I’m on the rotating new teacher schedule at It’s All Yoga in Sacramento. We’ve got a free class on Friday afternoons.
FREE Fridays at 4:30 with the new It’s All Yoga teachers (21st and X in Sacramento) – sign up online www.itsallyoga.com.
If you are looking for a restorative class in Sacramento, we’ve got one of those too.
What do you think makes a teacher right for you?
I also think it’s not just about finding the right teacher. The teacher is important, but the student has responsibilities, too. The student has to be willing to be honest about his/her body and limitations. Sometimes we want to not stand out too much, to blend in with the others in the room, to not let the teacher notice our lack of something, but we have to be willing to expose our weaknesses even though we wish they’d just go away. Hey, I started practicing yoga 9 years ago, had a very regular practice until Noah was born, and in all those years, I was never able to do handstand and other difficult inversions. Still can’t. If I can be brave enough to expose my weaknesses, then I can have a better practice.
jf: YES! YES! YES! i agree on all fronts.