You Call Yourself a Yoga Teacher?

A few years ago I was at one of my husband’s poetry events at a cafe, the event was pretty crowded and since I was sitting by myself I offered the empty chair next to me to a man I saw standing nearby. We struck up a conversation. Have you been here before? Are you a poet too? What do you do? I told him I was a yoga instructor and he mentioned that he had taken a few classes years ago. All was well until the waitress brought the tiramisu I ordered before he sat down.

” I don’t think yoga instructors are supposed to eat that.”Tiramisu-1

This was not the first or last time someone would tell me I was un-yogic. Other instances include:

  • Asking to be paid for the classes I teach
  • Drinking wine
  • Playing hip-hop in class
  • Playing music period in class
  • Not being vegan

Bonus: I curse too. Never been called out on it by the yoga police (yet) but just figured I’d share!

I can keep going but I’m sure you get my point. Almost all of these offending behaviors were pointed out by perfect strangers (well except for the getting paid one but that is another story). This also happens in the virtual world where people are even more bold! Just recently I had the pleasure of interacting with a charming young woman on Facebook – let’s call her Ruby. Continue reading

Monthly Women’s Yoga & Meditation Workshop

Starting January 2013 I will be hosting a monthly yoga and meditation workshop at the Loft @ Larchmont (recently featured on the Larchmont Buzz). This beautiful space is home to the private practice of Dr. Michelle Golland.

Loft @ Larchmont – 5700 Melrose Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90038

 

“Dr. Michelle’s education featured an emphasis in Multi-Cultural and Community Psychology and she sees her role in the media and in her private practice as an advocate for the underserved and an educator regarding all things related to mental and emotional well-being.”

 

Dr. Golland’s educational background and commitment to helping women makes this a perfect match! I look forward to this becoming a space for women of different ethnic, social, and economic backgrounds to meet while sharing the benefits of yoga and meditation. I am no stranger to sharing how both practices have helped me deal with anxiety and mourn the death of a family member.  Continue reading