A Re-Blog: Sitting down in Bikram yoga: what it says about you

This is must-read!

Just here. Just now.

There have been a lot of newbies at my yoga studio lately (thanks, Living Social!) and I’ve noticed that no matter how many times they are told that they should sit down if they feel overwhelmed during class, they are totally reluctant to do so.

I’ve been practicing four times a week for almost 3 years and I still sit out a posture when I am feeling spent. The newbies seem to think sitting out makes them weak.

That’s wrong.

Sitting out means you are respectful: you are respecting yourself, but you are also being respectful to others. If you don’t sit when you need to, you are probably pacing, throwing up, passing out, guzzling water, fanning yourself or running out of the room. All those things are much more distracting and rude to others than sitting quietly on your mat.

Sitting out means you are brave: sure…

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. randomchatters
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 12:57:18

    Hi—found your blog after seeing your link on the original “sitting down” post. I traveled over here and have been reading over lunch—and enjoying it very much. From your job description, I have a feeling we know a few of the same people! Thanks for the entertainment, and keep writing!


    • travelswithslippers
      Apr 05, 2012 @ 14:57:56

      Thanks, glad you found it!


      • randomchatters
        Apr 05, 2012 @ 21:26:02

        I will admit to having a horrible time returning to Bikram. I broke my arm in November (just a hairline fracture)—and just can’t get back to the studio. I guess I need to set a deadline and stick with it!
        And I am a sitter. I’ve stopped and started so many times that I accept the fact that the first couple of weeks back I won’t be able to do both sets of postures. But I’ve never left the room….which makes my 50+, out of shape self very happy.

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