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June 14, 2012


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Laura Rodriguez

I will check out the video of Dee Greenberg. I am not a class person as you know. However, when I do attend a class every now and then I look for how clearly the instructor explains the poses, his/her patience, his//her overall demeanor.

I really did not know what to expect from the class. As I said, though, a beginner (I think) would have had some difficulty in following along because it appeared that a certain amount of knowledge was already assumed - in terms of poses and terminology.

Ms. Lynch enjoyed interacting with everyone and she radiated warmth, sincerity, and gentleness. One of her key teachings is "don't allow people to tell you what you cannot do!" She also says how much she enjoys working with and learning from her students. The class wasn't advertised as Iyengar yoga but she said she had worked directly with Iyengar and said he was a master technician but added that he was a bit of an egomaniac - just as a gentle aside to note that sometimes even yoga instructors/experts aren't necessarily perfect personalities.

I can't comment on the Tara Stiles connection - I only know that she has worked with Deepak Chopra also. I cannot comment on her DVDs because I haven't watched them yet - although I have seen a few of her youtube videos.

I can only say that Ms. Lynch was an inspiration to work with. And, I concluded, no matter who is teaching, I still practice best on my own where I can take extra time and do at my own pace.


Man, that sounded a little harsh. Meet Dee Greenberg, 58 years old. She had practiced a mellow hatha style regularly but the half hour a day regimen; for over 30 years and then suddenly was able to do (and teach) rapid-fire vinyasa style yoga. Her first advanced arm balances ever at age 48 ...



First off, a dead giveaway regarding Tao Porchon Lynch is how she may not embrace overweight, disabled, older students in the vinyasa style she teaches. It's a little confusing to me: I had never thought of Tao as an Iyengar teacher. Did you know that Tara Stiles [of Slim, Calm, Sexy fitness movement with breath awareness (you can't call what she teaches "yoga") fame], is certified to teach by Tao Porchon Lynch?

Secondly, you still can learn much from a teacher whose style hardly ever seems to intersect with your own mellow (and/or throwback) hatha style ... one of those things is humility. Another is knowing what to avoid.

A good clue is general temperament and body type of the teacher. Chances are very good that if they are advanced in asana, they may not necessarily have the patience to teach beginners. Hence, you see a certain gymnast's body build (Kathryn Budig, Briohny Kate Smyth, Tiffany Cruikshank, Meghan Currie) teaching primarily "airborne" styles. Online, I can see how these temperaments and body types fall short when they have to teach beginners.

My radar goes off big-time when they mention how and what they teach a beginner as necessary build-up for the arm balances they'd rather be teaching.

If you want to remain relatively "goal-less" and Zen in your yoga practice ... and how many with a half-hour a day practice care to do the advanced stuff without being preternaturally talented to begin with. See http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/20/opinion/sunday/sorry-strivers-talent-matters.html

I'm bursting my own bubble with this argument.

If I burst yours at this point in time, I apologize greatly.

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