What's the proportion of time you spend looking at pictures of yoga postures in relation to the time you spend actually doing yoga postures? That includes not only the time spent scrolling down your feed, but also the time you spend editing pictures to post, looking at the pictures you've just taken on your camera, writing your posts (if you even do any of that Instagram stuff, and you must do some, because you're here, right?), and of course reading Iyengar's Light on Yoga or Dharma Mittra's 708 Asanas or whatever other yoga books that float your boat. In minutes that can be expressed as x/y, which will leave you with a number which will tell you something about how you use your time. At the moment I get 0.983 recurring. Is that quite high? It takes me an inordinate of time to write a simple caption like this.
Now you're probably expecting me to say that if the number is greater than 1 then your koshas are on inside out, your chakras are out of alignment and samadhi is an inconceivable possibility for your vapid and surface level consciousness. And here I'm going to say that you're wrong. I have no idea about what's going on with your understanding of yoga (OK, well with some of you I do), I know it's got nothing to do with how long you spend looking at Instagram or pictures of yoga postures.
The postures are only a part of yoga. And that works both ways: practising lots of yoga postures doesn't necessarily mean that you're doing any more yoga than someone who spends all their time on Instagram. For me, the best yoga accounts on Instagram just use pictures as a vehicle to tell you something more about yoga, often something that's got nothing to do with postures at all.
Is this just a massive justification for spending too much time on Instagram? Let's discuss this tomorrow in class here, @fiercegraceyoga in Primrose Hill, 9:30am.
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