The trouble I have with yoga
I am a yoga fan, the benefits to be gained from having a yoga practice are immense - I'm so much more flexible then I used to be, I'm calmer, able to cope with life better and I feel it making me stronger. All of these things are very practical benefits. You don't need me to tell you that yoga has developed from an incredibly spiritual core and aligns itself with earth energy and chi and stuff like that (I am no expert obviously) and this is where my trouble with yoga comes in.
Should I have a practice that focuses purely on the fitness and stretching elements of yoga and dismiss the spiritual side of it because it makes me uncomfortable? This question was raised for me on Friday when our normal teacher was away and we had a different lady covering the class who takes a very different approach...
Crack open the crystal water
So to give a bit of background the lady covering our class on Friday was witness to me getting wound up by Pat the Twat (you can read about him here) she is tight with Pat so I'm not flavour of the month with her. Throughout the class she was casting me some shade which is fine I'm not her number one fan either but it's when she fetched the spritzer bottle from her bag and started spraying 'crystal infused water' in the air to cleanse the room and bring energy to the class that I questioned why I was there. I'm sorry, I just can't get down with that, it feels like nonsense to me which raises the question - can you have one without the other? Is it my place to pick and choose the bits of yoga I like and dismiss the bits I don't? I really don't know, but I would be really interested to hear your thoughts on it in the comments!
Well that's distracting
Anyway whilst lying on our fronts deep breathing in our class on Friday I couldn't help but notice that there were an awful lot of pasty crumbs on the floor of the studio. I had to chuckle to myself because the very presence of pasty crumbs on the floor of a room that has been cleansed with crystal infused water just seemed ridiculous! Very different worlds collided in that class on Friday on more than one level.