A Little Love Letter to the Class Douchebag.

Via on Mar 1, 2012

Dear Arrogant Asshole on the blue mat,

When I say that you were my first, I’m not being coy.

Truly sweetie, you’re the first utter douchebag I’ve ever had in yoga class.

I’ve been doing this yoga thing for years, yet I’ve never experienced someone quite like you.

Admittedly, Bikram is the kind of yoga that is most likely to attract “asshats” like you, but even after these many months, it seems that you still don’t get how our hot yoga works. Bikram’s not like other yoga; it even gets criticized for not being like other yoga. But we Bikram yogis like it the way it is.

A Fiery Hot Yoga Thank You
Photo: Ashley Thalman

And here’s how it is: You move as a group.

For real. When the teacher says “Change!”—sometimes with a sharp, offensive, militant clap—you change, dammit. You don’t just stay in the posture, showing off your delts (which, dude, aren’t as hot as you think they are). In Bikram, the “moving as one unit” thing is a thing. And if you don’t like it, if you insist on being the only person in a room of 50 who is late in and out of ever single posture, maybe this ain’t for you.

Yet I digress, ’cause this is a love letter, and I should probably go on about why I love you . . .

I may cringe when I see you walk into the studio in your special haughty way, but I have to love you right then.

‘Cause when you walk through the door, well, it’s then that the real yoga begins.

Without you, my practice is just too easy. I do the poses. I breathe. Sure, I may be doing it all in 104 degrees with 35 percent humidity, and that can be grueling, but compared to when you’re in the room, the basics are cake.

When you are there, I get to practice the kind of yoga that’s especially useful off the mat: ignoring things that piss me off, breathing through stress, focusing on my own issues.

I get to see what in-through-the-nose, out-through-the-nose can teach me. And I get to work against my natural inclination, which is to get personal and competitive and think things like “Your Standing Bow’s a wobbly joke” and “If you think that Full Locust looks good, wait’ll you see mine, punk.” It’s best that I overcome such hateful things, and you—you generous sonofabitch, you—you give me that opportunity.

The class clown is a douchebag.
Photo: Ashley Thalman

So dearest douchebag of the blue mat, thank you.

Thank you for the flagrant disrespect you show the teacher and the class as you do whatever you want from the room’s dead center. Thank you for disregarding the teacher’s request that you stay with the class. Thank you for setting decibel records as you honk your monumental nose into tissue after tissue and toss them onto the floor instead of discretely tucking them under your mat and towel like the rest of us.

Just thanks, man. You’re the real deal.

The divine in me is doing her damnedest to locate the divine in you, I swear it. So—

Namaste,

Megan

Author has been given permission to use photos from: Ashley Thalman Photography.

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Editor: Brianna Bemel

About Megan Romo

Megan Romo gave up a few weeks into yoga teacher training when she realized that she’s too selfish to focus on anyone else’s practice but her own. She’s not ashamed of that anymore. Instead she likes to call it a honed self awareness born of years on the mat. Follow Megan’s little he-cheated-and-left-our-10-year-marriage healing journey and other things that are sometimes interesting and dramatic but sometimes just normal person stuff on her blog remarksfromsparks.com.

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4 Responses to “A Little Love Letter to the Class Douchebag.”

  1. monique says:

    Hilarious and sadly so true!

    • meganromo says:

      Thanks, monique. If I don't have a sense of humor and a sense of determination about it, I'll lose my mind. But that's why we go to yoga right? To fix all that!

  2. Yogatchr says:

    So you have developed kind of a douchebag meditation to go with your driving one? I may adopt this method.

  3. Megan, WE WANT YOU to guest write for us on http://www.BikramYogaholics.com =)
    Please sign up if you are interested & answer the eMail you will receive 3 days after sign up.

    Namaste,

    Jo on behalf of BikramYogaholics.com

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