“I don’t want my yoga to entertain me, I want my yoga to transform me” – Antonella Accinelli
Maybe because I was unpopular in high school I have no problem with it today. Outside the Ashtanga community most of what I have to say as a student and teacher goes over….well….it doesn’t really go over. Not too many people want to hear that jumping from class to class, teacher to teacher in search of endless variety and various forms of ridiculous distraction and entertainment isn’t really going to put you on a trajectory to a yogic state. That your garden variety 200 hour yoga alliance sanctioned teacher training program may be nothing but rubbish and that most “teachers” aren’t really engaging in a daily personal practice or have a teacher that directs their progress/allows for those all important mid-course corrections.
It is a bit lonely being unafraid of the hard parts of yoga, not settling for the peripheral material and unapologetically aiming for the center so that there can be resonance with the point of this whole dance.
Somehow this unpopular position has rewarded me with JOY and CHANGE and TRANSFORMATION (just like in Archbishop Wood High School) because I have been brought closer to my highest self. So…..I say explore, test, shop around but do search for a process that you can give yourself over to and please everyone can we start caring more actual playfulness and less about playlists.