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Monday, October 1, 2007

The Angry Yogi


Did this sound like a contradiction to you? How about the sick Yogi? Another impossibility? In that case, you'd better read this post. Carefully.

The background: A brilliant Yoga Instructor I know went to the institute a good 20 minutes before her class was to commence, and put the key into the lock to open the Yoga hall . It was the wrong key, and it got stuck inside. The sadhakas (students), around 30-35 of them, had begun to arrive, and there was utter chaos. The instructor had to make 3-4 trips up and down (the Yoga hall was on the second floor) to find a locksmith, a teacher who had another bunch of keys, or someone who could yank out the stuck key. She still managed to sort out the series of odd events in a calm and controlled manner. Just as she got on the lift (instead of the stairs she usually took) to reach the class on time, a lady student got in with her, and asked mockingly... "How come you need the elevator inspite of being the teacher? Are you late today?" I'm so glad it was her and not me who had to face this situation! If it had been me, something very un-yogi would have happened to the irritating student!!
The same teacher once suffered from frozen shoulder, and had a hard time then too, explaining that Yoga Instructors are humans, and can suffer from all things humans can suffer from.


I am a novice Yogi, and I feel I can be labeled the 'Angry Yogi'. You know when I really lose my top? When I am slightly angry, and someone asks me how I can get angry inspite of being a Yoga practitioner. What are they really challenging? Its like asking a doctor how he can still get a cold, inspite of being a doctor. I hate having to defend myself, and further still, having to defend Yoga. Here's the defense, once and for all...
Yoga helps you to manage your life better. If you practice Yoga, and still have a B.P of 130, it means you would have had a B.P of 140 without Yoga. Yoga does not, and doesn't even claim to cure you of all your illnesses. It helps you deal with them better. Its sad that people attack Yoga for its inadequacies, and in the process miss out on all its benefits. Yoga is actually a goody bag. You should learn to take what will help you from it. The benefits will surely vary, depending on your involvement and method.

So..Wish you all a safe and peaceful Yoga practice!!

5 comments:

roentarre said...

This is so relaxing just to read your yoga talk. Nice article you have got there

Mahesh said...

Hi, You have a nice article here.

Regarding your comment that Yoga does not claim to cure... there are clear verses in Hathayoga Pradipika on curative measures for vata type disorders of which BP is also one.

The Falstaffian said...

Bon jour... and very nice to meet you!

As for that very constructive attempt at criticism, I say, “Thank you!” ;-) I started typing out my rejoinder and realized that it would make for a half-decent blog post. And thus, I give you: “In defense of the split infinitive…

Gautam Dhar said...

Good one here. Unfortunately, most of the people do not have a clue about the real meaning of Yoga, which means Union. Union of conscious and subconscious, union of soul with the super atman or Brahman.

Only 5% of Yoga consists of doing physical exercises and following postures (Hath), whereas 95% of Yoga is non physical and lies in Mediation and other intense practices..

Vijay said...

test ur self......if u get angry or cannot give a good calm reply in tht simple kind of situation....have u reached a better state of mind through ur practice of yoga...it may need more time, but with proper pratice, mind calmness is 4 sure....