What does a Yoga Quota teacher do in New York.... check out their very best yoga studios of course!! What else would you do?
I have mixed emotions about yoga in the USA and Canada. Yoga is so prevalent there, and so it must reach many more people than in the UK. Good stuff. I have been inspired by lots of amazing N American based teachers online. Also good stuff. But in N America, the 'industry' has taken over rather. There are franchises and studios peddling branded this that and the other, 'styles' of yoga that you have to pay to teach their sequences and all sorts of non yogic shenanigans. It is very much the physical side of yoga that people are aware of, less the rich heritage and path to enlightenment that it is actually all about.
But then, I have only seen this from afar, maybe I've got it all wrong! So next week when I'm in New York for a friend's wedding I have booked myself into the OmFactory to see what a posh yoga studio in the US is all about.
I hope to learn some good tips- for example, I've noted their funky way to deal with multiple branches on their website which is interesting for us when we (fingers crossed) get our new branches. And I'm open to experience more!
Of course Yoga Quota will always be solidly rooted in our charitable purpose... which is the only reason we have a studio in Oxford at all... to fund yoga charity classes for people who can't afford to try yoga.
I have to say I was slightly saddened that my favourite teacher- Andrea Marcum from LA wasn't visiting New York when I was ;) but its a big country after all and that was a long shot!
What would you do in New York? Tips welcome!