10 Ways to Know when Yoga is Working for you. ~ Cherie Lathey

Via elephant journal
on Nov 15, 2010
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You know yoga is working for you when:

1. You don’t have tantrum when your usual teacher can’t teach your class and you don’t know the cover/substitute teacher.

2. Your usual spot in class has been taken and you don’t give the unsuspecting person in it the hairy eyeball.

3. You no longer clock watch when doing your 5th Sun Salutation.

4. You don’t notice your toenails need painting in Paschimottanasana.

5. You no longer try to keep pace with “Mr./Ms. Go-Fast” practicing next to you.

6. You can miss your yoga practice without berating yourself or sticking pins in your eyes.

7. You no longer flick the V sign when someone cuts you up on the way to class (or, at least, not on the way home).

8. You don’t leg it to the toilet when your most feared pose is coming up (pose runner).

9. You no longer think about what you’re cooking for dinner in Savasana.

10. Your body no longer aches when you practice yoga, it aches when you don’t.

Cherie Lathey is a London-based dynamic yoga teacher who has had more than 20 years experience in body work, both as a fitness trainer and a yoga teacher. She has travelled far and wide to practice yoga, from India to the Bahamas. She is Yoga Alliance accredited, having gained her yoga teaching qualification in San Francisco .She has studied yoga with Nancy Gigoff and David Swenson to name but a few….the journey continues. Cherie has a practical East meets West approach to yoga. She is a pre and postnatal yoga teacher and is the director of Yoga Mama and joint director of The Putney clinic in London. Email her at [email protected], and find her at her website, blog and on twitter.


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21 Responses to “10 Ways to Know when Yoga is Working for you. ~ Cherie Lathey”

  1. Very funny. Are all U.K. Yoga people funny like you and Lucy (In My Dreams I Returned a Yoga Goddess)?

    Bob W.

  2. Cherie says:

    Thanks for your comment Bob. Small island humour here in the UK :-).

  3. You stop worrying if fellow students can see your business in Dog Down.

  4. indrasingh says:

    Bob i think our dry Humours help a lot
    i LOVE number 8, i see this every week in my classes or is it through sheer boredom?i sometimes wonder

  5. Mandy says:

    It's okay if you flip people off on the way to yoga but not on the way home…we're all just human:) Love it!

  6. Cherie says:

    Not sure what buisness your talking about? but can hazard a guess 🙂

  7. Cherie says:

    Me too! Sometimes think I can actually smell food.

  8. Cherie says:

    Speaking from experiance eh? 🙂

  9. elephantjournal says:

    Ahhh! I am totally number 8. Just did it today in class. I feel ashamed of myself! This is great Cherie, thanks! ~ Lindsey B.

  10. integralhack says:

    11. The grooves in your yoga mat are from practice, not unmanicured toenails.

    Great to see you here, Cherie!

  11. Cherie says:

    Exactly! Groovey mats are what we want- not so much groovey toenails 🙂 Thanks for commenting Matt.

  12. Cherie says:

    Setu Bandasana is my pose runner ( sometimes) .:-) Thanks for your comment Lindsey.

  13. LotusMama says:

    Well, I'd like groovy mats and groovy toenails. Does that make me unenlightened? 🙂

  14. ARCreated says:

    OK this is yet another reference to the pose avoidance…in 5 years of teaching I rarely have students leave class and it never occured to me to leave to avoid a pose…I dont' even get it?? what are people avoiding? posings they aren't good at? that hurt?? maybe I don't give people enough warning so it's too late to avoid it??

  15. Cherie says:

    Just watch to see who needs to adjust their hair, mat, clothing–dont even have to leave the mat to do a pose runner 🙂

  16. Cherie says:

    Makes you very well groomed I would say 🙂

  17. Cherie says:

    Thank you Anna.

  18. Cherie says:

    10. Is how it is for me.

  19. April says:

    # 10 !! totally