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lil convo on FB re: yoga
Not taking sides on this one, but thought you’d find it…. interestinghttp://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/01/12/is-yoga-for-narcissists/
Is Yoga for Narcissists? – Room for Debate
How can we reconcile a spiritual practice with a fitness trend in a culture that already emphasizes the individual over the community?· Share
how yoga ruined my life
Tons of you i’m sure have seen the much talked about article in the NYT .. it’s called “how yoga can wreck your life” and if you ask me, its introductory image speaks as loud as any of its words. (it’s three actors doing yoga poses in costumes with silly faces and bad form.) Still, i found some portion of the message valid.
First, i’ll jump on the ship most respectable yoga teachers will ride and say that if you buy into any of this B.S. you’re aligning yourself with a body of teaching that is frankly low-quality, piss-poor, and hardly yoga at all. Then, i’ll tell you about the validity i noted in his message.
The oddest thing about the article to me is that the main guy they’re talking about is blabbing on about “yoga” as if it is a “thing out there.” A thing that can come and get you while you aren’t paying attention and oh my goodness! “wreck your body.” This is a blatant way that people who have not claimed their personal agency in the world present their problems. It’s called having a victim mentality. Google it.
Before you decide to lock yourself in your house and hide from the yoga monster, let me clarify a few points. Yoga is a practice. Therefore, it requires a practicer. That would be you. Or me. Or whomever is practicing at that moment. In its most essential form, it’s all of us. Practicing yoga. That means, we are the dictators of whether or not yoga “wrecks our bodies.” If something feels like it is “wrecking you,” might i suggest you stop doing that thing? This is not rocket science, but it is worth saying twice. If any practice is wrecking your body, you should stop doing it or change your approach. That’s called having personal agency and ruling your own body. You are the boss. Asana and yoga are vast.
The squirrely part emerges when you examine the nature of any student-teacher relationship and observe that there is a possibility for any student to defer to their teacher’s instruction to such a degree that they carry on forth despite signals in their mind-body that are saying RED ALERT! I’M BEING WRECKED. I will clarify first that at Boundless Yoga, our teachers honor YOU. You are the practitioner, and you are the absolute 100% boss of your body at any given moment in class. Our teachers are just that. Teachers. And they can and will offer you the highest quality, very best, information they have at any given moment.
So – in short. I don’t think this guy’s imaginary yoga monster is going to come to your house and wreck your body, but as you may recall, I did say i felt some of his message was valid. strongly so . It’s this. asana is not a panacea. I firmly believe with my entire body that yoga is a MIRACLE. but the idea that asana is a cure-all for everything — that is a viewpoint that can be taken to an extreme and could hurt you. Believing that asana is the path to resolving all of your ailments is something that could cause you harm. The practice of yoga has eight limbs, and asana is only one limb. Further, your dharma and your karma both shape what the correct action for your unique body is at any given moment. I think this article is cool – bc it’s timely — bc more people are embracing the mystery and the miracle that asana is in 2012. And as they do, like any wonderful creation, it’s possible to over-indulge ones-self. Remember to maintain a sense of balance in your world, in your mind, and in your relationships – especially with your teachers. Then you will not need to fear that the yoga monster is coming to get you. Rawr.
q’s from kim
this is an excerpt from an email i recently sent to kim. the q’s are from her. the a’s are from me.
on being original
Thanks, City Paper.
10 tools for stability
1) Tadasana, our pose of the month
2) James’s Autumn Workshop on 10/29
3) Liana’s Intermediate/Advanced Series – starts this Sunday!
4) Brion’s Group Therapeutics Series - starts this Friday!
5) Beginners Yoga on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Sundays at Boundless!
6) Get Your Feet Wet workshops & Series
7) Claim your Courage with Naomi!
8) Visit the Yoga Blog
10) Notice what is beautiful & good in your life.
i just came here to party?
There are two things that come to mind this freezing cold Sunday evening. One is James Foulkes saying something to us like this, on Tuesday. There is nowhere to go. There is only more of you to arrive into this moment. And the other is something I overheard Leah Barr saying to her RYT students tonight. What part of you, on your mat and off, have you not yet welcomed to the party? Invite that part of yourself to come forward.
It’s as if what we are doing here is just witnessing this continual arrival of Self into the moment. (the party of the moment, as Leah highlights:) Here’s to a simple celebration of the breath for us all, tonight. I am grateful for Boundless - for peaceful, boring Sunday evenings – and for the feeling of “Is-this-fall-or-winter?” in the air.
Oh. And once i read a book about time travel. And it said there is no such thing as past or future. That we just live in a continually expanding present moment. And you know, i thought to myself then, years ago when i read that, “Yeah. I mean, I don’t totally get that, but i think it’s probably true.” And today I think to myself, “Yeah, It’s totally true.” This is it. This is the party.
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listen to kim talk about resistance, fear, and compassion–
and how all 3 can guide you toward your own transformation!
have you read poser?
Boundless offers a yoga book club as part of our monthly membership. This month our yoga book is Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Poses by Claire Dederer. It’s book about how 23 yoga shapes relate to a woman’s life experience, as a mother. It’s been selected as a book of the month on Amazon earlier this year, and it continues to receive very passionate reviews.
It’s interesting to think of yoga shapes as having themes – this is the premise of the book. In my practice, a shape could have one theme one day, and the next day, another theme. I can’t, for example, say all my forward folds have a “relaxing” theme. I have days when folding forward is a humbling introduction to my own tension. Perhaps it is the paradox and the paying attention that is the theme? I like to think that finding the mystery in your poses – the points of change (and even confusion!) in your body, supports the joy of asana. I can’t wait to read Poser, and I’m very excited to offer you our member updates on the blog about book club!
work trade at boundless!
boundless is looking for students who are interested in various styles of work trade with the studio, in exchange for yoga classes. please email email@example.com for details!
Work Trade Opportunities
Boundless has wonderful new opportunities available for the upcoming year, in exchange for classes or programs. Please contact us if you are interested, and someone will be in touch with you soon.
Desk Sign In ~ This is a great way to meet people and enjoy yoga.
Photography ~ We would love to talk with you about your photography, film, or recording interests.
Sign Design ~ Do you have Adobe Design software at home and an interest in print/graphic or web design? You can work trade from home, and earn class credits. We have sign templates and pictures for you to work with. If you are interested in programs, we can discuss this as well!
Tech Savvy? We have online administrative tasks we can train you for. Let us know if you are interested, and we will be in touch.