Are you running from one yoga class to another?


You possess knowledge of yoga asanas and you can do your practice on your own but for the lack of motivation or whatever other reasons you are running from one yoga class to another.

... you competently handle all the complexities of life, family, health, finance, career, household, day in and day out, year after year.

... you are intelligent, mature, clever, kind, honest, and fairly representative.

And yet, whenever it is mention that yoga should lead to awakening, all you are showing is a dubious stare and incoherent skepticism.

You're like a fleshy robot running from one yoga class to another. 

I hear you, yoga has benefited you. No doubt about it. I give you support, confidence and hope for your practice. But do know that the final goal of your practice is the spiritual awakening.

Is there some purpose of yoga other than to awaken you from your mind's delusion? Let's never forget that. Once you have learned the asanas do your practice alone at home. This is the only way to progress, so please stop running from one class to another.

I agree, for yoga beginners, the yoga studios are the gift. As it goes, you can't get something for nothing but there's a problem: yoga is extremely expensive: $20 is a price for a single class; on average $180 is ten class pass. You have no choice. There's no getting around it and the business is booming. Namaste!

Therein yoga studio, everyone's telling you how their shala is great, how they have advanced yoga teachers who have been traveling to India. And that may be true and they may be advanced with their own practice or whatever, but then when you come to the sun salutations, you quickly find out that you are on your own.

... you twist in trikonasana hoping that magical touch from yoga teacher will soften your tight side muscles and you turn your head in warrior pose looking for a teacher wondering why did you come to the class.

... then you sit on the mat, forward fold to find out that the floor smells like onions steamed in cat pee.

Whatever!

The great majority of yoga teachers are proud of what they can do, how they can complete ashtanga primary series so easily. Usually, they come to yoga as former dancers and they think flexibility is a measure of how good practice is.

While you certainly have tension, trauma, and rigidity in your limbs, joints, and muscles, there is no direct correlation between how well you can move and how functional or healthy your mind is.

I seriously doubt that a former dancer and today's yoga teacher with two trips to Mysore India has any serious qualification to teach ashtanga yoga.

But teachers will tell you that you must do practice with them, coming to their studio and practice under their eyes so you will magically progress in Marichyasana D. Just watch not to tear MLC. You know, it can happen.

Come to the class, practice, be nice, be quiet, smile, breathe deeply, be good, don't ask questions, don't use your mind, don't make a disturbance - sound familiar?

Yoga studios are doing nothing more than maintaining your ignorance. There is no interest in freedom. It's all been channeled safely into non-threatening, ego-gratifying avenues such as "your kapotasana is great", "your drop back is genuine"...


Our intention in teaching and practicing yoga at QSY  is to grow as individuals, and deepen our sense of connectedness with the wider world. While practicing headstand and shoulderstand, or other “fancy” or extreme poses, may be fun and provide learning experiences, they do not necessarily bring us any closer to that aim.

Inversions at QSY (Queen Street Yoga): We choose not to teach full Headstand and full Shoulderstand (where weight is placed on the head and neck) due to safety concerns for the spine. We ask that students do not practice these poses before, after, or during public classes for the safety of all QSY members.

- Studio Policy and Etiquette by QUEEN STREET YOGA, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

What is the core of yoga studio philosophy? 

Perhaps it is this: a brighter future and a better tomorrow. It makes you feel good about yourself and it boosts your self-esteem, tells you you are okay, tells you everything is just fine the way it is.

The yoga studio classes offer to improve, benefit and elevate you, and it is about belief and faith and worship. It combats stress or deepens relaxation, it promises happiness and relief from unhappiness.

You may ask me what is wrong with being happy and satisfied. What is wrong with today's yoga studio's philosophy? I answer nothing is wrong.

There is nothing wrong with being a dream character, of course, unless it is your goal to wake up, in which case the dream character must be ruthlessly annihilated.

Spiritual awakening has nothing to do with the yoga studio classes. The process of awakening is painful, it feels like depression and hopelessness...

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