a) obsessed with muscle tone and will make you wish you were dead (I personally think yoga should be about relaxation and listening to your body!)
b) obsessed with 'getting in touch with the universe/your third eye/Mother Earth'
Finding the happy medium has been difficult, but last night, I finally found a class I loved! The teacher was calm, encouraged us to listen to our bodies, not to force any poses, and to use the breath to sink into the pose, but never once talked about getting in touch with the Universe. She even said that yoga makes her feel like she just got a massage, which is what I always say! She will also be bringing treats to next weeks class for Valentines Day. Non-yoga-y treats! Count me in!
But one thing she said gave me pause. She said that breathing out of one nostril would relax you, and the other nostril would give you energy. I was surprised how well it worked, but I'm wondering if it was all in my head! So I'm asking you to do an experiment for me. Plug one nostril and take a couple of deep breaths, then plug the other one and try it again. Which side make you feel relaxed, and which side makes you feel energized, or does it not do anything?
I won't tell you which was which to keep the experiment valid. :)
PS- Don't look at the comments before trying this. I want to know for real!!