There are excellent students.
There are teachers who are improving through their study, their practice and their correct expression of asana practice.
There are students who are improving through their study, their practice and their correct application of asana practice.
There are a lot of passionate, caring, yet seriously under-talented and misdirected teachers out there putting students at risk. Sad, but true. Trying doesn’t a teacher make. And, a certificate is not knowledge.
There are some really shitty teachers who simply shouldn’t be teaching asana practice or any level of awareness. Ouch, but true.
There are a lot of passionate, caring, yet seriously under-listening, over-egoing and misdirected students out there putting themselves at risk. We see them, some seek them because that’s where the ‘advanced level poses’ are expected – expected, I repeat.
There are a lot of pleasant, good-hearted people, students and teachers, who have encountered yoga in their physical body, but are applying mentalities like ‘no pain, no gain’, ‘penance’, ‘reward or punishment’, ‘escape’… asana practice is being you, with you – not any of those things.
There are some really egoistic competitive people abusing themselves through asana practice who shouldn’t be. Life is inherently dangerous and as robust as we are created, we are frail when abused; e.g. Madonna stumbling around - call it the heels, but 5+ hours of Astanga a day for over a decade would more likely be called ‘destabilized joints and diminished integrity in the connective tissues.’
And, please knock it off with the haterism crap - when you love someone or thing, you're willing to say it true... would you blame a mother for sreaming 'no!" if her child was about to touch a hot stove? I'm sad that someone who was so expressive and involved in physical expression had to take it to the Spinal Tap 11 and just screw the pooch (special Sanskrit term). I love her, but she pretty much epitomizes ego…
Teachers – be students and do your own work so your teaching isn’t to stroke your ego or to perfect someone else’s form, but rather to share the teachings of awareness and presence via asana practice.
Students – be students, listen, ask questions, probe, learn, ask why, but again, most of all, listen. That’s your part of the deal. Do no harm, pay attention, not on how to ‘get into a pose’ – but on how to get out of that mind.
GIve thanks and praise!