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My Bad January 22, 2008

Posted by KG in Yoga.

Even an internal, unexpressed sense of smug superiority is toxic. 

It’s the third week of January, which means that many are still sticking to their New Year’s resolutions.  That in turn means that the gym is much, much more crowded than usual, putting lockers at a premium and at times drastically increasing my urge to deliver unwanted screeds on gym etiquette.  Thus far I’ve resisted, but the negativity remains.  So:

To the twenty or so new faces who showed up to my Tuesday night yoga class, an apology.  The class was crowded and warm, and many of you were having trouble following along.  The lack of space meant we couldn’t do the regular routine, and I came out of class grumbling under my breath about “January gym-goers,” commenting to one fellow class member about how I suspected none of you would be able to keep it up.

That was tremendously unfair.   Who am I to project haughty disdain?  Nobody, that’s who.  And of course, I forget: one year ago, I was one of those January gym-goers trying out something new.  And (obvs) something clicked for me.

If you all stick to it — or even if 10% of you do?  Awesome.  The world will be a better place, or at the very least my cheapskate corporate gym may invest a little more in its yoga program.

Consider this a blog version of pranayama.  Out with the toxins, in with the fresh air.     



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