You’re Here for the Experience

Today was a really interesting day in Yoga Anatomy. We learned anatomy of the mouth as it relates to breathing, aka Sanskrit. Did you know it’s the only language that is 100% consistent in rules of grammar, pronunciation, and spelling? Artificial intelligence translations used it as their base language for that reason.

Anyways, the point that hit home tonight was something completely different. A visiting Sanskrit teacher, whose name I did not catch, was saying “you’re not here to capture and keep each thing that Leslie says, to acquire his knowledge. You’re here for the experience.”

And I realized that she’d articulated something for me. When I attend an expensive workshop or training, I get vaguely (or very) frustrated when the teacher veers off topic, starts late, or entertains too much. It’s like I’m pricing the course by the word, like a magazine editor, and I can see my investment’s value slipping.

But, the best lessons are indeed experiences and it might take just a few words to set them up. Or maybe a perfect joke, a comedic pause, and THEN the novel insight. Or a slow trip from visual to physical to verbal. It’s my rational mind that wants pages of notes, linear thoughts to follow and re-read. But some lessons are experiential, and though I can read a book and follow the steps and hopefully recreate the magic moment in the comfort of my own home… an experienced conductor is well worth the money.

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  1. I love this post.

    I must admit, it’s something I need to be reminded of myself, as I’m very susceptible to that idea of “offering full value” for your investment in the course.

    But in the end, I can’t be anyone other than myself, and my continuing experience is that I really get to be the best version of myself when I’m teaching. It’s not for everybody, but for the folks who stick with it, we get to create something of real value together. Occasionally it’s even magical.

    BTW, the Sanskrit teacher’s name is Jo Brill.

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