Sunday, September 26, 2010
We aren't all Hippies!
If I had a penny for every time someone said "Hippy!" when I told them I did yoga, I would not be needing to write this blog in the hope of getting a huge following, secure a publisher, a book deal and a substantial advance!
When your average Joe thinks of yogis, they are people with hairy arm pits who smell slightly sweaty and slightly of lentils. They knit their own peanut butter and carry a set of Indian bells with them at all times. They wear Birkenstocks and kaftans which they buy at their local Charity shops to which they walked as they ran out of cooking oil to power their car!
I am here to break the myth!
Yoga is the coolest hippest greatest thing you can do for yourself!
There ARE people like that who do yoga but I am certainly NOT like that! Though I must admit, I do like lentils and I also like to do my bit for the environment, however I wax my pits on a regular basis, I wash, I have just bought some Donna Karan skinny jeans (no I didn't start running I just bought a bigger size...much simpler!) and I smell of Joe Malone's Pomegranate Noire!
As a teacher it is so frustrating that there is that "Yeah Man!" (hold up your "peace fingers" here!) stereotype and perhaps that is the reason why your classes aren't as packed as you had hoped! Everyone is afraid that they are going to be amongst the great unwashed in the yoga studio. How annoying when you think you are pretty trendy and have something amazing to offer everyone!
So I have taken on the challenge to try and dispel the myth and make my classes appeal to the cool, hip and beautiful crowd.
I want to get all those hippy-averse people in to my classes!
I am not the best at promotion and marketing - too embarrassed - but when you have something as great as the ability to impart yoga knowledge, why would you want to keep it to yourself?
I roped John into taking some pictures. (He loves it!) I decided they needed to be bright and fun and a bit different and that they should be taken looking at the poses from a different point of view.
A bit like how the world should look at yogis!