And that got me thinking. There are TONS of different yoga teachers out there. Literally. Yoga teachers don’t weigh a lot, as a rule. But if you put them on a scale and weighed them, there would be, like, a million of them. And a million yoga teachers would weigh, probably, a thousand tons.
And there’s a zillion different styles of yoga, too. Well, maybe not a zillion, but there’s a lot. Even if there’s a fixed style that’s legally copyrighted and patented, it’s still going to change a little bit depending on the teacher and the class.
Anyway, it suddenly came to me; It’s like restaurants! Look, there’s a godzillion pizza places, right? And you might say, pizza is pizza. So what does the local news media do? They employ a restaurant reviewer. Someone goes around and tries all the restaurants for you and then writes about it. This place has great sauce but lousy crust, but the owner kisses everyone who comes in. Another place has great prices but the sauce is never the same. You get the drift.
We need someone to do this for yoga studios! And teachers! It’ll be fun! Imagine the stories; This studio has great ambiance but I’m being herded through like cattle. This other place does a full 15 minute savasana (I only go for the savasana anyway). Or, so-and-so teacher can be a bit temperamental, but is worth standing in line for. This other teacher is too nice, and never corrects your alignment.
Will this be a high-paying position? Probably not. Will it bring you fame and glory as a writer? Probably not. But is it a bona-fide profession? The answer is YES!
Here’s where being a serious student of behavior pays off. We can make solid predictions of the future. Just as the profession of being a restaurant critic emerged as “restaurants” emerged, so too will Yoga-Reviewer soon come into being. If it hasn’t already. You’ll have to go incognito. You’ll have to be knowledgeable in the art of yoga without coming off as too smart. And you’ll have to travel all over your territory. Can you handle it?
No, don’t nod your head… write me!
Hmmm. What is the sanskrit word for writer’s pose?