Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Ignorance is Bliss

I was turned down for a gig today.
That, I can handle.
What I can't handle is......
the reason I was given.
".....yoga does not align with Christian principles..."
That was enough to make me get latte #2 at Panera.
"Lower your expectations, Tina."
"People who don't get it, don't GET IT."
Lots of things running through my mind.
YOU KNOW, I normally do not entertain religious or political debate. At all.
But I'm just bothered by this today.
And what's more, I happen to know that they have Judo classes at this very location (plus lots of other events and activities of all shapes and sizes).
So I investigate a little about Judo. Because now I'm genuinely curious about Judo "principles."
Please do understand, Dear Reader, I have ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY nothing against anyone who practices Judo! But.....the primary objective is "throwing one's opponent to the ground"???? (this from several sources)
Now THERE'S Christianity at its best for ya, eh? Makes me aspire to be one for sure, how about you?
I'm really trying hard to wrap my mind around this.
This - the fact that.....
I am teaching deep breathing, correct posture, stretching exercises, and relaxation, in a non-competitive, non-judgmental and non-harmful manner and environment and that does not align with Christian principles; yet throwing someone to the ground does? I think somebody just gave Christianity a BADDDDDD name. God bless them.


McBee said...

I guess they don't want you to find any inner peace unless it's THEIR inner peace.
I don't really know much about martial arts, but it seems like they are usually associated with some eastern religion. Your Shoalin temple here, your Shinto shrine there. This is not a conflict?
I did see something about "Christian yoga" somewhere. I wonder if it is to real yoga, what creationism is to actual science.
Pass the latte.

Merry ME said...

I'm a Christian and if I could find a way to work yoga into my schedule I think I would embrace it wholeheartedly.

JoyZAChoice said...

guess I don't have to tell you this...but the fact that more people have been killed in the name of the christian god is more than an indication of why you were 'turned down'. I'd say...call it a blessing and let them be. But then...that's just me, ya know?
Hugs, Bella Tina!

YoLinna said...

I have soooo been there. When I first started teaching at CCPC there was much hoopla. "what are they doing? bowing to Mecca???" Like there's something wrong with people who bow to Mecca. It was sooo ridiculous. I was very fortunate that the Reverend at the time had taken yoga in college and was a spitfire when it came to fighting the powers that be.

Now there's even a training called Yahweh Yoga which is considered Christian yoga... same thing, different name. Some Christians just get all caught up in names. But some... are extremely loving caring people.

Just like all religions. Sorry they were so ignorant :(