I am a female powerlifter; I lift a combined 800 lbs across three primary lifts (deads, bench & squats). My mobility is horrendous especially in my lower back & hips and my coach and I agree that yoga, specifically warmer temperature yoga classes, would be a great way to improve mobility. I know I need that ability to move, but I walk into yoga classes and feel more out of place in terms of culture and skill than walking into my first CrossFit class when I was incredibly overweight. Yoga, especially in the town I live (Los Angeles) seems unfortunately very classist, skill-oriented and not very welcoming to newbies who have minimal experience. I’ve tried at home practice but fall off after a week and do not feel it is very helpful. I want to improve in MY sport and I know YOUR sport can help...i just have no damned clue how to start or feel comfortable or confident in getting there...any guidance would be so appreciated.
Fitness and Fitting in
So I got my 200 hr RYT and have done some specialty workshops but I find that most studios want you to recruit new students and fill your classes with a minimum amount and I’ve really struggled with that. I’ve found I’m happiest as a teacher when I sub for other teachers. I am most appreciated that way. I’ve been told I’m not the right fit because I don’t have a following, and this really discouraged me to the point where I don’t want to teach or even do yoga anymore. It is hard enough being able to find the time to come to the studio to teach with two little ones, and I am about ready to give up.
Love you and you’re one of the reasons I don’t rip my hair out,
Another Yogi Momma
I have serious white woman guilt about taking up space in the yoga community. Now that I am a regularly practicing yogi, I feel a huge sense of guilt and resentment of what I represent as another suburban middle-class white woman practicing yoga. How dare I? How do I have the gall to appropriate the entirety of this history, culture, and religion to make me feel more connected with myself? I’m using it to look INSIDE as a form of self-help. It’s selfish and disrespectful. And when most people in the West think of yoga, they see someone sort of like me talking about how amazing and profound it is and probably roll their eyes. I don't see myself that way - I recognize my white privilege, and I've also experienced a profound amount of pain and alienation in other aspects of my life, but that doesn’t make it better. I recognize that I need to respect my own human experience, but the balance seems impossible when it feels like the entire community needs to change. I know on a superficial level that I probably shouldn’t stunt my own growth because it doesn’t really help anyone and may not make space for a more worthy or less able person to experience what I want as a proxy. So then what? Besides being respectful and aware and not wearing malas as jewelry, what am I missing? How do we elevate the collective without being martyrs for no reason?
Signed, Taking Up Space.
I am a middle school social worker/counselor and am hoping to get some information about how I might incorporate yoga into my guidance classes for 6th graders. How would you suggest I get them to "buy in" in terms of understanding the importance of yoga when it comes to mental health, and what type of yoga would you suggest I do with them? How long should a yoga session be with them?
Thanks for your advice,
Guidance and Yoga