Yoga Class and Communal Daze
By Tamara Schreyer • September 9th, 2008 • 3649 Views
Breaking away from the pack.
ONE with the Universe; group yoga classes, yoga studio retreats, yoga logo's, yoga brands, yoga levels 1, 2, 3 or 4, etc. It's never ending, all the ideals to follow in order to become a “real” yogi. Ok, I know I may sound a little sardonic, but, seriously people. It's time for us to wake up.
Is this really what yoga is all about? Is fitting into one yoga studio or method over another really our true yogic path? Tell me, who defines whether or not I am enlightened or a “true” yoga practitioner? Is it my certificate, the style I teach, how many years I've practiced, or the fact that I've been to India?
The perfect yogi is such a contradiction in terms or an oxymoron if you will. Forgive me for sounding pessimistic; but, it's time to be more genuine. However, sometimes I feel like I'm in “yoga high school” Just trying to fit in with the INNER crowd. This especially comes up when teaching or taking classes in a yoga studio. I often find myself thinking, is this really my authentic self teaching this class, or have I become what is expected of me as a yoga teacher/student?
There are times when I'm teaching or taking a class and I find myself all of the sudden on auto pilot. You know, getting into a posture and not remembering HOW you got there. I'm in a daze! Then, I look around the room and begin to notice that half the people in the class are possibly doing the same thing! What is this all about? Are we a bunch of zombies following the yoga routine that we're told to do?