Friends came to dinner last night and told us about a new clothing store in town called Two Hippies.
“Is it cool stuff?” I asked.
“It’s awesome” they said.
“Is it expensive?”
“Maybe they should call it two Yuppies.”
It may seem like romanticizing to remember a time that hippie wasn’t a commercial opportunity or that yoga wasn’t a business. It might appear ignorant to hearken backwards or to say that times gone by were simpler and sweeter. Appearances can be deceiving.
Those times were simpler and sweeter in the same way that every town in America had a unique tone; in a way that you did not know you would have the convenience of a Walgreens, a Target and a Pizza Hut when you traveled. Every place was new and the opportunity to discover was inherent in a journey. Convenience wasn’t handed to you and either was a yoga experience.
I found yoga through meditation out of necessity. I looked for a way to calm my nerves from sleepless college all nighters trying to finish papers. I found it again in a small town in the Midwest, again in New York City, in Aspen Colorado and Los Angeles. I found yoga years before yoga’s perfect round ass was grabbed by the beefy hands of big business; when it was just a dusty little freaky ride for fringe folks. I found it because I needed to and I believe that if I hadn’t I would have been just as well off if not quite the same. The fact is that if I found it, anyone could and I know plenty of people who seem unlikely to have been within one hundred miles of a yoga experience but they found one.
Yoga was a bit of an adventure that was not attached to anything of business though I’m sure there were unnoticed politics as there are always politics when more than one person is involved in anything.
Things change which is good and bad and neither word really has a purpose as things will happen no matter how much we want to stay still. We change to adapt as we’re asked, as we’re meant, to come along. There is no fight and nothing to resist. Besides, going backward would mean relinquishing both positive and unpleasant change.
I ran into a fellow half my age who teaches in one of the local studios. He said that he refuses to use the computer and Mindbody™system to sign people in. He said that if the studio wants to do business that way, the owners can be present to work the system. He refuses to touch it.
I don’t tell him that I feel the same way as I think about the index card honor system I use for my students . I also don’t mention that he has to do it their way if they are supporting his business because I like his attitude. It shows consciousness: Even if it means going backwards to the place we cannot go.