Ok, yes I am a Yoga teacher, and yes, we should kind of make it look easy. But ya know what? It isn’t always that easy and it took us quite awhile to get to the place where it at least looked effortless. I come from a very non yogic life. My parents are all western medicine – in fact its their livelihood – and most of my friends are/ were very anti yoga. They all say things like “I went once and it just wasn’t for me”, “I hate all the religious stuff and the chanting, I mean I don’t want to be converted”, or “I just am not a yoga person”. Today I tell you this: there is always a way in..
When I first starting doing yoga over 17 years ago I wasn’t really that into it myself. It moved too slow, only old hippies were doing it and the music, if any, really sucked. It was like elevator music or weird pan flute versions of Beatles songs. So I kind of dropped in and out of it. Some part of it seemed good and interesting but I really couldn’t get into it. Then I moved to LA and took a class at the weirdest studio ever. It was actually owned by an ex- porn star, (so very LA) and it had a very irreverent feel to all the classes. I had never seen yoga that wasn’t all older hippies and incense and stuff and it blew my mind. The studio was just an empty warehouse, super beautiful, and all the teachers were young and they played music sometimes and it seemed very accessible. I found two teachers there that were very different from each other and both amazingly skilled. They became my anchors, the roots of my practice. I became hooked and I am ever grateful and thankful to them. Now I am not suggesting that the hippie incense way is bad and that this glossy young LA way is good, I am just saying that their is something for everyone. The same thing that brings you to your mat or the studio is not always the same thing all the time and all through your life. You change and so does your practice. It’s like anything else. If you went to a dentist and he was not nice to you or you didn’t have a transformative experience would you just say you hate teeth, and dentists!!!!?? Probably not right? Yoga is the same.
Maybe you have taken 1 class or even 2 and it just wasn’t your thing. Try other types of yoga, try all different teachers. A teacher that you click with makes all the difference in you loving a class and really feeling yoga take hold. Maybe you like music in your class, maybe you want the music loud and familiar, or maybe you want it soothing and in a different language, or maybe silence is your thing. The point is, get out there and try a bunch on for size before you decide its not for you. Then if you still think it’s not for you, ok, maybe not at this minute in your life, but maybe try again some time later in your journey. Hey I hated avocados until 2 years ago, can you imagine? Avocados are delicious.
Why do I say all of this? I hear so many people say the same things about yoga and then one day they say something different. I have honestly never found one of my friends that started saying they hate it not come to enjoy it once they found the right fit. Yes it’s true, yoga isn’t for everyone, but it is for quite a few. There is something to it. So go out there and try all that yoga on till ya find something that fits and always keep an open mind to your likes and styles changing. Your practice can be as changing as your haircuts and color, which for me is quite often.
-Keri Setaro- Vinyasa Flow Yoga teacher and lover of loud music and avocados