I’ve been receiving a lot of flack recently.
And a lot of the yoga community is NOT happy with it.
For every enthusiastic text, message, email, post, you name it–I have also received a message saying that this is “not” yoga, that it is inappropriate, that Britney Spears does not in any way represent yoga, and that the whole thing is totally inappropriate.
If this was a major city–NYC, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco–this kind of yoga event is, well, normal.
Apparently, not in Florida.
And I was feeling a bit disheartened. Because it sucks to have people constantly criticizing you about something that you are excited about.
Then my Mom told me this: “When you’re doing something different and new, some people aren’t going to like it. They’re going to feel uncomfortable, threatened, annoyed, jealous, or just plain confused. Let them be them. You just have to keep doing YOU and trust that people will appreciate y-o-u and all that you offer!!”
I’m not about teaching yoga to the yogis.
There’s tons of that going around. And I love me some Krishna Das every once in a while.
But I’m about bringing yoga to everyBODY.
And to get the true community involved, you have to make yoga fun. You have to make yoga accessible. You have to know that it’s okay to laugh, to groove, to ENJOY your yoga class.
For me, every yoga class provides a chance to help people breathe, to move, to find the present moment, and to connect to something deeper than themselves. I always teach a class with a theme. I ask my yogis to set intention. I bring them to the here and now again and again.
But we laugh. We dance. We listen to fun music. We do hard poses. We do easy poses. We come back to our intention. We exhale out the mouth and let junk go. We get grounded, centered, and access hard to feel emotions and stuff in the body–from a place of comfort and safety. We practice mudras in an accessible way, we om at the end with consciousness, AND we listen to pop music.
So I’m excited for my Britney class. I’m excited to bring yoga to a new group of people. The traditional American yoga class model is not sustainable when it comes to engaging the greater community at large. If I want to bring yoga to the masses, to reach beginners and infrequent yogis, athletes, businessmen, you name it. The approach needs to change. We need to keep bringing new people to classes, to get the average people to experience the awesomeness that is yoga. And that takes a different way of thinking.
And that’s who I am. This is MY way of teaching. I am high energy, I am full of passion, full of love and zest, and I want to help people feel better, to love themselves more, and to connect to the present on their yoga mats. And thats what I’m going to do.
With my good pal Britney.
Because if Britney can get through 2007, I can get through the Britney Backlash of the yoga community.
And, as Britney says, “I know not everyone will like me, but this is who I am so if you don’t like it, tough!”
Plus, I’m a yogi through and through–I promise I won’t judge y’all, so I ask you not to judge me. Just like we all learn differently, we all can practice yoga differently. My way isn’t right, your way isn’t right, but my way is MY way–authentically me through and through. So I’m just going to do me.
And trust that, no matter what you may say, we are all connected. Yoga. Union. That’s what it’s all about. Coming together. Breathing. Uniting. The heart, the soul, the mind, the body. Me. You.
It’s all connected. Whether you realize it or not.
And so, I will keep on being me ’till the world ends. 😉
And just remember– Namaste means the divine in me IS the divine in you.