A few days ago, a woman around my age said to me: "You don't look like a yoga teacher." It broke my heart.
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As you know, I practice yoga quite a bit. One of the classes I go to frequently is called Hot Power Fusion, and it's a blend of Bikram (hot) yoga and vinyasa flow. The sequence is nice, and I enjoy not doing any chaturangas for a change :) You might be thinking, "How are YOU--someone with such a strong aversion to heat able to practice yoga in a room over 100 degrees?" Well, I think this often as well (trust me). I mainly take this class to work with the huge amount of discomfort that I feel with regard to heat, brought on by my Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
The Wellness Cleanse is over! Today marked the last day. My group had a yoga class together--slightly different from our normal classes, as we held each pose for 8 breaths. Then, we had a delicious potluck of clean food! It was yummy! As I reflect on it all, it seems like it went so fast. Too fast! I'm hoping to continue some (if not most) of the things I learned. I hope to continue the following...
Yoga is inclusive of all shapes and sizes, right? I'm not so sure anymore. Maybe it has to do with where I take yoga, but each time I attend a class, I find myself looking at the buffet of bodies before me--most are tight, toned, muscular, and skinny. I don't see curves, unless we're all in cat pose.
As many of you know, I have been doing Power Yoga Teacher Training for the past 2.5 months. It has been an amazing experience, and just recently finished. I completed the training through a corporation, and while I love this particular place and its many amazing teachers, it has been difficult negotiating my feelings of "corporate" yoga with my desire to keep the traditional, unmaterialistic viewpoint that is yoga's foundation. First, I should say that, yes, I understand yoga has become a big business in the Western world. There are thousands of yoga studios all around the U.S. teaching many different styles of the ancient discipline. I understand that yoga has become more than a "fad." My problem is a personal one... do I want to further my yogic development by teaching rich, white women who have easy access to it, or do I want to bring yoga to those who can't easily access it--those who would never take a class, or be able to take a class, had it not been offered to them in a more inclusive way?