Let’s say I asked you: “What is the subject of an American History class?”
You would probably be able to answer that it is about some aspect of American History, right?
Or if I asked you what you studied in a biology class, you might say biological processes and organisms. These are both subjects that are near and dear to me.
There are countless things we can study in the course of primary, secondary, and post-secondary education.
However, there isn’t a class on the most important subject of all. There isn’t a class on you.
Yes, you heard me right. You. And I don’t mean a class on your accomplishments, or the ups and downs of your career, family, or social life. I also don’t mean a questionnaire that will help you figure out what you are good at.
I truly mean a class on YOU. Your breathing, your movement, your muscles and joints, your spine, your circulation, your thought processes, your patterns of emotional reaction, your habits, the fundamental amazingness of your existence, your tendencies, and even parts of your personality that you might not want to look at initially.
I understand that life can inadvertently teach us about these things. Times of crisis, injury, suffering, or struggle often force us to look at ourselves more deeply.
But can you imagine how different things could be if it were a topic to be explored everyday, from first grade on? If we developed skills in this discipline just like in language or math?
Yoga is the class where YOU are the subject. You look in the mirror, and you study you. Luckily – even if our earlier education was lacking – it is never too late to start.
Ann Chrapkiewicz, M.A. (Medical Anthropology, MSU), founded Bikram Yoga Capital Area in 2013 and teaches there daily. She can be reached through her website, www.byca.yoga