I sent an e-mail to the founder, Konstatin (Kosta), inquiring about prices and dates, talked to my mom about it and was excited to go the following spring, after finishing my contract in Korea. But then I let doubt creep into my mind, what if this course was above my ability? The other people that would be there would probably be more advanced and experienced than I was, I might just make a fool of myself. Actually at that time I could barely get into handstand with the wall, what was I thinking? I actually emailed Kosta about some of my concerns and was quickly reminded that there was no set level for such a course, as yoga is about your practice, something I know but momentarily forgot - letting my self-doubt win. Eventually I committed, signed up for the course and paid my deposit, but then I decided to stay in Korea for a second year.
Thankfully, that resort wasn't going anywhere, actually it was still under construction meaning it would only get better, new accommodation, restaurant, and open air yoga studio, all in the works. As cheesy as it is this definitely fell under one of those 'everything happens for a reason' motifs. I now had an extra year to build upon my own yoga practice, while the resort also had time to grown into something spectacular, oh and not to mention create many more unforgettable memories in Korea. Kosta understood my situation and allowed me to postpone my reservation until the following year, which brings us to present day. In roughly 3 months I will be in paradise getting my ass kicked by a crew of amazing teachers, and I can't wait.
Given the choices, I'd definitely say that yoga is an evolution, at both a personal level and across the globe. From where it has started, to what it has grown into, the practice of yoga is continually evolving; changing and expanding. There's the 'traditional yogis' who's practice is more in line with where yoga started in India, to the 'modern day yogis' who want to look good in their $60+ spandex and aspire to have a hot yoga butt or body like Jennifer's. Is either group right or wrong in their practice? Does it really matter? The simple answer here is no. I've read countless blogs of people critiquing others yoga practices for one reason or another, but really what is the point in that, how is this doing any good? Yoga has evolved into a diverse practice and those that are accustomed to it know that no matter the form, what clothes your wearing or where you practice, you will reap the benefits.
|Or throw out a dancer in front of the Capital|
1. A process of gradual and relatively peaceful [social, political, and economic] advance. 2. The action or an instance of forming and giving something off. [Webster Dictionary]Both of these, either alone or combined, fully embody the way I picture a yoga practice. At the individual level ones' practice is always advancing, every day you roll out the mat and devote some time to yourself you're advancing. It doesn't matter if you stick your handstand or fall out of every pose, you put in the time. Conversely, every time you come to the mat and the deeper you get into your practice, the more your actions are going to affect those around you. Your devotion and enthusiasm for your practice may inspire others to do the same or it may allow you to be a better person to your friends and family. Either way, in my opinion the practice of yoga creates a positive experience for all involved. I know there are nay sayers, I've even found myself doubting all the claimed benefits of yoga, but the more I practice the more I believe. After all, how else would this practice have evolved into the enormous enterprise it is today. Not everyone can be after those hot yoga butts previously mentioned, although they're a pretty good side effect.
|Proud moment in my practice|
|But for now i'll put the walls and bookshelves to use|