It seems that there are a lot of people out there that confuse YOGA with "working out". It's National Yoga month.. before you get into your next down dog..pick up a book and do some research! The asana (postures which give you the physical strength you desire) came way after the vast 'knowledge' that a lot of "yogis" know nothing about. Nearly 100 years ago, you weren't even allowed to show up to be taught the physical part of Yoga until you had an understanding of the teachings of Yoga. Some were turned away for YEARS before they did their first Tadasana (mountain pose). The asana was and is a way to focus your mind on one thing.. a so called vehicle for meditation. Although we are stoked to gain a nice legs, back, arms, and ass out of the practice, there is so much more to this sacred practice than we give credit in some studios.  It is us the teachers of Yoga, who should be sharing this knowledge in class.. rather than starting a class saying "are you guys ready for a good workout?!" ..I'm not saying I know a lot.. the truth is I'm on the edge looking out at an infinite amount of knowledge and understanding that I yearn to know and understand. What I am saying is that I am having a hard time finding a studio that seems to be "Teaching Yoga" for the right reasons.. again.. I'm not saying there is a right or a wrong, but of you want to get a good workout on a mat then go to Pilates or go to a gym! There you can chat with your girlfriends about getting drinks right after class (polluting the body you just cleansed) , and talk about your ass (because it's oh so important), and clap at the end of your workout (WTF?).  Yoga Studios are Sanctuaries.. the removing the shoes thing and not bringing your hot pink cell phone into the room are RESPECT things! The not leaving in the middle of a class is a respect thing! If you can't dedicate an hour to your practice than come another day when you can! I'm not usually one to get this bothered.. but can someone please point me in the direction of a studio with standards that Krishnamacharya would be proud of? If any of my blog readers would like a book recommended, or heck.. if you'd like me to ship you one out of my personal library so that you can see what I speak of, it's really quite enlightening. No pun intended.

"Yoga, an ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity.  This evolution includes all aspects of one's being, from bodily health to self-realization.  Yoga means union - the union of body with consciousness and consciousness with the soul.  Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day-to-day life and endows skill in the performance of one's actions.  ~B.K.S. Iyengar, Astadala Yogamala"


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