Monday, September 24, 2007
IT'S ABOUT THE BEN-EFITS
Seventeen students are scattered haphazardly around the studio. Each sits on a pastel-colored yoga mat. Most are in a forward bend, one leg straight, one foot on the thigh. Over half are looking at themselves in the massive mirror that spans one wall. The teacher sits in front of the room, demonstrating as she leads them through a sequence of seated poses. One man is not following along. He sits on his mat, legs akimbo, looking around. A few poses later the teacher walks over.
TEACHER: Are you OK?
TEACHER: There's no problem?
MAN: Will this be over soon?
TEACHER: Will *what* be over soon?
MAN: (gesturing) These forward bends. My hamstrings are tight.
TEACHER: Most of the poses we're doing today are forward bends. You could do them with your knees bent if they bother you.
TEACHER: Don't you like forward bends?
MAN: (rolling up his mat) I just don't think I get a lot of benefit from them.