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Restorative Yoga and Standing Warm Ups
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July 29, 2005 - 7:53 am
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Hi L,

If you love your teacher, don't read this, but I have to tell the truth.

Telling beginners that advanced students don't have to warm up is an opportunity to puff up the teachers ego or inflate the ego of "advanced" Yoga students. And it sounds like pure fiction. Probably some elitist teacher nonsense to make less flexible students feel like they are not good enough to be in the advanced Yoga club. Everyone needs to warm up, no matter how flexible they are. Besides, as has been explained many times on this forum and at Paul's Blog: An advanced Yogi is not defined by physical mastery. An advanced Yogi has invested some serious time in practice and there are many many facets of Yoga.

It is a great thing to physically master hatha Yoga, but some people and teachers become egotists. Then snobbery finds a way to get into Yoga. Sorry, but very few Yoga teachers can put their ego aside. It is only natural to alienate the beginners and less flexible Yoga students. Warm ups are important for everyone!

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