I am underwhelmed with yoga in California. When I moved out here, I had this lovely vision that yoga would be just wonderful here. Afterall California is home to hippies and just generally nice liberal people. But for some reason something is missing. To me, yoga is not just about pushing yourself to get into a particular pose, but the breath and meditation that accompanies it. The physical practice is definitely necessary to keep the body strong, but I have always liked to combine the spiritual with the physical and there is just something missing that I can’t put my finger on.
When I walk into a yoga studio, I can tell pretty quickly whether or not the energy and the emotion is good there. I have found this very positive inviting energy even in places I never suspected like Galveston, Texas. I have been going to my current studio for about a month now. The people are nice and the instructors are very knowledgeable in the poses and the yoga, but still the meditative part of the practice is missing. I am convinced that this partially due to the fact that there is very little shivasna at the end of the class. The teacher usually leaves about a minute or two for shivasna, and says that we can stay longer and I usually do determinately trying. However, as soon as class is over people get up and roll up their mats, leave the room, and the have conversations outside the classroom. Sometimes they even talk while still in the classroom while I am obviously laying there doggedly determined to shivasna. I admit to giving the talkers dirty looks when I was out.
Needless to say this is putting a damper on my yoga enthusiasm. I am just not feeling it like I use to, something is missing and no matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to get it back. I was discussing this with a friend who also lives in the Bay Area and she, too, has had similar problems finding a studio. So if you live in the Bay Area and have found a good yoga studio, give me a shout out. I am despertly missing my yoga.