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Some days I'm not a yogini at all, I'm just a fat geriatric gymnast ;)

Doris Manek

I teach a kids yoga class for 6 to 10 year olds. We love to play games, but hate to lose. Does any have any ideas on how to make losers winners too?

iyan Yaspriyana-Bali

Competition in yoga teaching world now becomes bigger and bigger, it is normal. Many yoga practitioners turn into yoga teacher because of the look of yoga teacher’s life style. Many people see and think yoga teacher life style is so serene, peaceful, bless, bliss and such a holy task in humanity. Life looks so easy and enjoyable. In my case this is true, I enjoy, and I love to teach. I love to share the great experience, great energy and the wisdom I experienced to as many people as I possibly could.
But I still standing on this realistic today world, I need money to attended teacher training, I need money to live my lifestyle and to enjoy my life. Luckily on one side with my partner we do business, and we put the philosophy “doing business in spiritual pattern” in our business. This is very important for us, instead of ‘selling spirituality for business’ advantage.
As a yoga teacher, I have my own style to teach. I only do retreat; this is more than just teaching yoga poses and the pranayama. A yoga retreat for the inner self growth, to bring yoga into daily life and emphasizing ‘yoga for life’ instead ‘life for yoga’.
Those are the reason I never feel in competing with other yoga teachers or other yoga retreat. I’m learning and reshaping my program for my student, the main thing is my student. When they transform into great personal being, this is the ultimate reward I’m grateful for.
Linda and others let the outside be whatever to be right now, the most important for us is we found our self. Be de touch with unsupportive energy. Namaste

sanna :)

Treat others like you would like to be be treated yourself!
See the God everywhere and in every living being!
Be grateful of every day & human being you meet.
Thank You for the great work

Sigi Kolbe

I found the article interesting as I have observed similar symptoms of competitiveness here where I teach. Having said that I commed David on his insightful response. Being exposed to nastiness does highlight ones own nature and reaction to it, and it may not always be exemplary. One can only hope to improve the self and set examples for the rest however hard it is at first.

terry duarte

I am an instructor in a small town, struggle with disabilities and help others do so also, and am an ongoing student of the practice of yoga. I wasn't just surprised to discover that only women have graced your cover, I was startled. How can this be? If the very basis of yoga is balance, where in the world is the other half, and what does it mean that your magazine - which I otherwise truly appreciate - has evaded it? Woman's lib wasn't truly, and solely, about liberating women - which was of course necessary, but it was in the end more about equality. It is an injustice hard to fathom, from your hopefully enlightened states of awareness... What gives?

Gisela Morgan

This document is very true. But for those you can't be yogis, we just let it go, is nothing we can do to change them. The better we can do about that is really do our own best of good Yogi ourselves.
Shati, shati....


Right on David!!!!!!!

Colleen Carroll

Dear David,

As I leave a career as a studio recording musician, and become a full time yoga therapist and yoga teacher, your article and perspective are especially pertinent. The hostility behind the competition in the arts is also often hidden, but very real and insidious.

I love your analogy of the garden, it is where I spend most of my time and get most of my ideas for teaching.

Thank you, I'll post your article in my sanctuary!!

All the best today and every day.


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