Dear friends, I’ve spent last month attempting to build a website for my yoga work, spurred by a determination to not hire help... The finished site is simple but it's been a slog and a huge learning curve. Do excuse the branding dotted around the site, it's published with basic functionality as a test to see if I could get even the site live; the fact that it now exists digitally brings a mixture of pride and modesty, like a kid who's completed his first jigsaw puzzle... 😁
I debated hard over the the name of my site too as the word ‘yogi’, I realise, may cause a reaction. I acknowledge that this word may hold purer connotations for some racial groups, but it too has grown to adopt a modernised description for someone pursuing the discipline.
It’s hard to imagine but yoga wasn’t a widespread practice & was followed only by select groups of people. When the grandmasters of yoga shared it with the West, their intent was to popularise it; they clearly succeeded though along the way, some traditions were diluted & changes occurred with desired/undesirable effects.
I remember my first yoga class vividly, in complete silence, we stood around a circle with the only sound being the teacher's voice. In those early years, it was the only environment I knew of to practice yoga, so to walk into a vinyasa class with electronic music blasting felt quite revolutionary!!! Playing music feels so trivial now but it was inconceivable then, so it’s acceptance was mind-blowing. Music has become an important element of my classes, used with consideration, she has therapeutic qualities and the ability to centre or settle a class quicker and more effectively.
Yoga is dynamic and evolving intrinsically because it deals with humans. Our bodies and minds, and our knowledge of it, are always changing. I may not be a ‘yogi’ in the tradition sense but I've studied and practised it for the past 20 years and continue to; it's an indication of my commitment to the discipline and hopefully makes me acceptable as a ‘yogi’ in contemporary context.
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Hongyi the yogi
Full-time yoga teacher & trainee yoga therapist in London. Eager to share, eager to learn!