I read an interesting article recently about snobbery in yoga. Having been a Bikram yoga teacher since 2004. I have experienced my fair share of this. It posed the question for me, why can’t we just all get along?
I completely understand why Bikram gets a bad rap. Copyrighting yoga poses, “Mcyoga”, etc. I have been in Bikram classes where the teacher has told students who come from other styles that they don’t practice “real” yoga. However, the argument goes both ways. I have been told that Bikram is not “real” yoga. The negativty is not limited to Bikram yoga. I have a friend who is a Yin teacher. A Vinyasa teacher once told her that Yin is not considered yoga because the muscles are not engaged during practice.
Why all the bullying? To paraphrase Abraham-Hicks, the more you push against something, the more you bring it into your experience. Why can’t we just allow people to be who they are and practice the style of yoga they want to practice? The next time you find yourself dissing a style of yoga, unpack that, really look at it. I am sure you will find something within yourself that needs love and attention. Yoga is good in my books, whether you want to practice Bikram, Yin, Kundalini, Iyengar, Ashtanga, etc.
I would like to know how others feel about this topic. Any comments would be appreciated.