A response to everyone with Ashtanga ‘secrets’

It feels like every couple of weeks, something on the Internet pops up in the vein of “look at me and what I’m doing that I shouldn’t.”

One day it is someone trying to shock readers with all the bad things they do; another, it’s the things they hate about Ashtanga; another, it’s about talking back to a teacher; another, it’s about how they purposefully aren’t doing the practice as it’s supposed to be done.

What they share in common is they are all so self-involved in a medium — blogging — that inherently is so self-involved. (“Hi, Steve,” I say to myself at this point.)

Guruji, via Yoga Journal

What annoys me, of course, is that they are supposed to annoy me — and I let them. I don’t, however, read them. As soon as I figure out that the person is doing little more than trolling for eyeballs — something anyone with a blog is doing, but there’s an obvious line, right? — I am out of there, not likely to return.

This morning, when yet another of these popped up as I looked around the Internet for some Ashtanga or yoga news, I realized I’d heard an answer to them.

Bobbie’s mentioned this before; but I suppose I’m a slow learner, and how it applies to us all just hit me.

Bobbie described her conversation with our teacher in Los Angeles, Jörgen Christiansson, like this:

 I tell Jörgen I’m not sure I want to begin second again. He tells me, ”You are not doing the practice. Guruji is,” and he points out, “Practice without attachment to results.” Jörgen is paraphrasing Krishna, I realize.

What I can add is, Jörgen was pointing at a photo of Guruji at that moment.

So all of these people who feel like they are pulling the wool over everyone’s eyes, who are getting an ego trip out of pointing out how “bad” they are, really are — truly are — missing the point. But they are probably getting nice traffic at their blogs, so they’ve got that going for them.

Someone who I think isn’t, by the way, is our pal Rose at yogarose.net. She just took a weekend workshop from Tim Miller. And you know what that always means: shifts in awareness.

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Two Ashtangis write about their practice and their teachers.

2 thoughts on “A response to everyone with Ashtanga ‘secrets’”

  1. A lot of them are either new to their twenties, new to the practice, or new to blogging about yoga. Some may be new to all three! I somehow doubt that anyone can sustain a long term practice without bumping into the Gita or the Sutras on purpose or by accident. They move on to be replaced by those who just discovered “10 things about Ashtanga” all over again…..

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