Has COVID-19 brought up strong and unpleasant feelings for you? Here are some things I've heard from yoga teachers recently:
"I'm so stressed about money because I've lost so many of my classes in recent months. It feels really un-yogic to think about money all the time."
“The anger I'm feeling about this situation is so corrosive. It keeps bubbling up and I hate myself for it.”
“I know I'm supposed to live in the present moment, but I'm constantly worrying about my future as a yoga teacher."
At the heart of these statements lies the conviction that feeling stressed, worried or angry is a bad thing. It’s un-yogic. Where did so many of us get that idea? How did we come to believe that being a yoga teacher means vanquishing all feelings except that elusive ‘bliss’ state that only Instagram yogis seem to master?