There are so many things that invite ridicule in the yoga world, in America and in India. And while we should be honest about these aspects, we also should be aware that by our own behavior we can drive the presentation of yoga in West in a different direction – away from the Fashion & Style pages, and towards pages that reflect its greater relevance.
It’s pretty easy to see how Stern is doing just that: One need only look at the Broome St. Temple. David Swenson’s traveling ambassadorship for Ashtanga does the same. Tim Miller’s dedication to his shala — every day there, unless he’s traveling for a workshop — offers another demonstration. Read one of Richard Freeman’s books to see his level of seriousness. And, while I know least about Nancy Gilgoff, our recent guest post on her shows her part in this.
So, the question then turns around to hit home: How do you behave so people will see the better aspects of yoga and not the laughable ones?
And hopefully with this, we all may move on from the skinnier aspects of the practice to something fuller.
Posted by Steve