This especially applies to yoga. If you've ever taken a Bikram class, you know there are some basic rules.
- No shoes/socks in the yoga room.
- No talking in the yoga room.
- Look at yourself - straight ahead (wonky eyes is my BIGGEST peeve in yoga).
- Don't drink water in middle of pose.
- Don't be wonky in the middle of a pose, especially balancing poses
- Try your best (remember it's called 'practice' for a reason)
There are more, but these are the ones that I can remember right now.
On to my story - this new chick walked in to yoga and by the way she signed in, I knew she was a rule breaker - and an annoying one at that. She had a very muscular physique, which she made sure everyone in the lobby knew it was because she surfed everyday. Whatever, that's fine. But she was definitely the type of girl that wants all eyes on her. By the way, she was not pretty in a conventional sense, but she was attractive, natural, a typical surfer type.
As class was beginning, the teacher introduced the new people. When she walked by surfer chick, the teacher made a comment about how fit she was. (The teacher is nice and very personable with everyone.) I should note that the owner of the studio was positioned behind me and the new girl was positioned to the side of her. Both were in my line of vision (without my eyes being wonky all over the room).
It was quite obvious that new girl was just not into yoga - like she thought it was too easy or she was too good for it. You could tell my her expressions, eye rolling, etc. I also noticed that she put about 20% energy into her poses. For example, one pose you are supposed to grab behind your heels - she had her hands barely below her knees and was looking around the room, instead of down.
Throughout class, the teacher observes everyone and checks. About half way through the class, she asked surfer chick how she was doing.
Surfer chick responded, "meh, I'm barely sweating."
(Please note: the class was super crowded which makes the room muy caliente mas. I am estimating it at about 110 degrees.)
The owner of the studio piped up and said, "work harder then."
I LOVED IT.
Lesson of the day: You get out of it what you put in!