18 August 2010
Ahimsa aside, if you do not see the irony in this you need one tight slap and told to snap out of it.
A yoga teacher friend sent me this basically asking "what the what?!?" This was in an email she received from Yoga Journal Online.
"Find personal yoga teachers expensive?"
Say what? Uh, thanks, Yoga Journal (and yes, I know it's not Yoga Journal specifically but the advertiser), but does it really benefit all the yoga teachers out there for your advertiser to put the idea into peoples' heads that private teachers are too expensive?
HELLO!! I'm trying to GET more private students, not drive them away! Thanks for nothing.
"Private yoga lessons directly from India"
Hmmmm....let's see. I call Dell and get to talk to someone in Mumbai. Same with American Express.
Now we're outsourcing yoga classes to India!
Forget the gym, forget the yoga studio, forget the private teacher. I will get on my computer and gosh darn it all to hell I can get a real authentic Indian to teach me some yoga.
Woo-hoo! No more stinky studio mats and gross toenails on the floor! No more people coming in late and leaving early! No more cell phones ringing in class! I'm just gonna order me up some yoga in the privacy of my bedroom! YAY! Who needs to interact with teachers face to face, I can shut it down and get a pizza in the middle of the class...now THAT'S a slice of yoga heaven!
And to think I made four trips to India and paid all that money to KYM.....what an idiot!
Click the ad and it will take you to Divine Wellness where you can sign up for a free private yoga lesson so knock yourself out:
"Private Yoga Lesson is conducted online using web camera. You get the same experience as a teacher guiding you step-by-step and continuously modifying the program as per your readiness. Only the teacher is across the internet. Even better, our qualified and experienced teachers are in India, the land of origin of Yoga."
I like the "even better" part because yes, the most "qualified and experienced teachers are in India." The next best thing is teachers who train in India and that's me. So call me! I need more private clients. Will yoga for food, rates negotiable.
Go ahead. Get your free lesson and let me know how much they charge. Then I will tell you how much private yoga classes REALLY are in India. I'm rolling my eyes now.
If I had a webcam I would get that free trial and report back, but, hell...I don't even own an IPod.
Wait a minute....why didn't I think of this?
DOH! I need one tight slap.