Confession: I tend to pass right over ‘sound bite’ yoga blogs, or sound bite anything for that matter (although I sometimes stay when there are nice colors or interesting graphics). How did we create this era of snippets of ‘this’ and bites of ‘that’, and how can we, our readers and our students expect to feel fed afterwards? Ultimately, doesn’t it seem counter-productive to continue to offer ‘yoga’ in little pieces when it is such a richer, more succulent feast?
I have begun to counter this shortening by lengthening the classes I teach to 1.5 and 2 hours. If we can sit on our couches and zone out, or do any other numbing type of activity for a good length of time, then surely it must be possible to re-train ourselves to extend the quieter, more internal ones as well.
So far, so good.
I used to receive a fairly popular yoga magazine every month. When it arrived, I would first enjoy the smooth sensation of the freshly unwrapped paper cover. The, I’d shake out all the advertising inserts, and skim through the entire issue, seeing what caught my eye. Lastly, I’d go through it again, tear out articles of interest, staple their pages together, and toss the dross and those irksome visual bites and whiffs of something deeper into the recycling bin. And yes, I stopped that subscription long ago, and visit their website instead, much to the sadness of my tactile side.
I’m confessing this as something of a plea for more in-depth writing and investigation. I like to watch people develop their yoga practices, and I like to watch people develop their voice, their aesthetic, their story.
If you happen to blog, or do yoga, or any other ‘thing’ that has found itself trying exist (let alone flourish) in this restrictive atmosphere, do something about it.
- Offer your students the option of staying in class a little longer, on occasion or as a regular option.
- Make your blog post a little longer. Try giving your reader a little more foreplay, and a hefty paragraph of after-glow.
Settle in, sharpen your pencils (an ancient writing instrument) and try it.