Published Nov 13, 20 PM
This article was originally published on Elephant Journal in September 2010.
I got a marketing email today from the yoga cult/company I used to work for, advertising what they call an “Art of Assisting” workshop.
The headline encouraged me to “release my inner artist.” It got me thinking. Whenever I hear the words “art” and “yoga” mentioned together, my brain has a synaptic response that causes me to wince.
It’s not that I think art and yoga are mutually exclusive concepts. Quite the opposite, in fact. As far as I’m concerned, yoga—and teaching yoga in particular—is a bona fide right-brained activity. I should know. I used to be an artist, and then I became a yoga teacher.
I taught yoga for about ten years. To know why I stopped, it’s important to know why I began. Over the course of my yoga journey I met many people who wanted to be yoga teachers. My own path as a teacher did not begin with that same desire to teach. It began with an arbitrary opportunity.
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