Yoga for Humans

Visiting Wilmington, North Carolina, I wore my NC Yogi T-shirt to a yoga class I decided to attended. The back of the shirt carries my slogan: Yoga for Humans.

RD_logo_tshirt33_Page_bThe class instructor, noticing my shirt, mentioned that she recently read about Yoga for Humans. I should mention here that I did not tell her, when I checked in for the class, that I am an instructor with my own brand (NC Yogi.) As a rule of thumb, when I attend classes of other instructors who do not know me, I usually keep a low profile so they don’t feel somehow intimidated – a common occurrence when another professional is present. I also do not wish to be treated different than any other participant. When I go to classes by others, I go as a participant to enjoy the class and that’s that.

At any rate, I doubt this instructor read about my slogan anywhere. It is more likely that she confused it with something that has a similar ring e.g. Yoga for Humanity, although Googling the Yoga for Humans just now, I found others who use it to. It guess it’s difficult to be original… The instructor asked me if Yoga for Humans is from New York City, to which I answered that I am not sure, but that I encountered in around Raleigh, NC. Yes, I was a bit evasive, but I didn’t outright lie. Luckily she dropped the topic and move on, but it prompt me to write post and lay out my motivation for the slogan.

In all honesty, it was part joke, part a protest. While I am all for various paths and types of Yoga, so that people can pick whichever style that works for them, I also feel that some have gone a bit too far. Between Doga (yoga for dogs,) and Naked Yoga (which started, as much as I know, in San Francisco, with classes aimed mainly at the gay community, possibly, although without admitting to it, as a way to pick up dates,) Yoga is no longer about connecting the individual soul and the divine. And that is, after all, what the word Yoga, Union, means. Thus with the slogan Yoga for Humans I was poking fun at what is going on in the yoga world these days; protesting, if that is a better word, the circus that Yoga had become.

My other motivation was encouragement. Yoga also became a practice featured on magazine covers in the form of beautiful flexible and well-tuned women, holding positions that most of us, mortals, cannot aspire to. I wanted to state that I teach a style of obtainable yoga that any person, of any age, shape and body type, can practice. In short, Yoga for Humans.

Learned from: pondering a question by another yoga instructor

 

Learned from: pondering a question by another yoga instructor

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About Ronen

Ronen Divon had been walking spiritual and holistic paths for well over thirty years. Born in Israel, educated in New York, and currently residing in North Carolina, Ronen had traveled the world, spending time with teachers, masters, healers and guides. With wisdom that spans multiple traditions, including the Far East, India, Israel, Brazil, Peru, and Native America, Ronen remains a student, learning and adding modalities that will best serve his clients, each according to their own unique needs. Ronen is also a published author, a Yoga, Meditation, and Tai Chi instructor.
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