I opened my last post the exact same way…yoga studios in the Northern Virginia/DC area these days are showing up on every corner, becoming as commonplace as Starbucks. Overall it’s an awesome trend. I love seeing more people sharing yoga and creating a positive impact in the community. I believe those teachers and studios who “practice what they preach” will succeed. I also believe it will be rough for those opening the doors with expectations of high financial returns (particularly since 80% of small businesses close their doors within 5 years).
Without naming names there is one particular studio that keeps popping up on my radar. Last year I met the owner, who just unrolled a yoga mat for the first time maybe a year or two ago, and really felt from the words conveyed that the studio is hopping aboard the yoga train simply for the money. Sure the physical experience and benefits for this person on the mat has been good the last year or so, but the vibe of this person exudes a materialistic attitude and greed. Who cares, right? Right -and that’s the point of this post.
I realize my annoyance with this new studio and person stems from a sense of jealousy as I sometimes play with the idea of having a beautiful sunlit space to share yoga (but ultimately know it’s not for me at this time/stage in my life). Obviously it also bugs me this person doesn’t know yoga beyond asana…I mean how can someone who doesn’t know yoga beyond asana walk the talk (i.e. practice what you preach). Further I feel there is no intention of love behind the mission of opening the studio.
Melody, take a breath…as a yogi-in-progress, I realize what I’ve written above isn’t a very yogic way of thinking about others. This type of thinking is also very energy draining and doesn’t bring peace in my life. Recognizing my personal issues with this studio and person, I turned to The Yoga Sutras for guidance and am reminded of sutra 1.33:
By cultivating attitudes of friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous and disregard toward the wicked, the mind-stuff retains its undisturbed calmness.
Again, I’m a yogi on the journey that has a lot of bumps, twists and turns in the road. No doubt the sutras (particularly sutra 1.33) are definitely a good road map to have handy as I continue on my way.