I have a yoga dream.
The studio would be an easy stroll from my home. It would be spacious with earthy tones and a no scents policy.
All the instructors would be warm, gentle and funny. They would first and foremost encourage non-judgement and would practice it themselves. They would believe strongly that a practice is a persons own and encourage them to find what works for them at that time, in that pose, in that place on the mat. They wouldn’t feel the need to control every aspect only offer suggestions gently and without pressure. They would respect each person for who they are and you’ld know it. You would know that you are valued that when they say Namaste they really mean it with all they are.
Included in the schedule would be mid morning and mid afternoon options. There would be a good gentle to intermediate vinyasa class available at those time on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. On Tuesday’s and Thursday’s there would be Yin Yoga at the same times – so a weeks practice could have a balance of Yin and Yang. The classes would be long enough to provide a good 15 minute seated meditation after shavasana, sometimes guided, sometimes not. Different techniques of meditation would be intorduced and practiced. The beginning of the class would include plenty of pranayama in all its variety. We would be reminded to smile.
Connected to the studio would be a completely organic vegetarian café with lots of fresh raw foods. There would be comfy chairs to sit in and chat over a cup of herbal or green tea, maybe an ayurvedic option. There would be a lending library with books on yoga, ayurveda and sustainable natural living and eating. Only completely natural and sustainable products would be sold and used in the studio. There would be a sauna. There would be plenty of options to meet the needs of various incomes so that yoga would be available to all. The whole thing would be non-profit. There would be plenty of happy healthy smiling people.
This is my yoga dream.