So much brouhaha is being made today that there seems to be sudden awareness about the benefits of yoga. Those who are not familiar with them started getting acquainted with this ancient Indian art/science. Those who have been practicing too have given it a holiday due to some reason or the other but decided to imbibe it into their routine once again. However , my experience true to the saying ‘ once bitten, twice shy’ has taught me a lesson for the rest of my life.
The lady yoga trainer was highly recommended by one of my relatives who was very much impressed with her experience and approach. I promptly engaged her, more to get rid of my back ache and become energetic (not minding the exorbitant fee charged ) and began my sessions in right earnest. She would come thrice a week on her bike and in the 20 minutes she would teach me the exercises step by step and appeared extremely delighted at the progress I was making. I kept asking her whether the advanced asanas she made me do were advisable at my age but she brushed it aside saying a couple of her clients who were aged 70 and above were doing these. I felt flattered when she appeared amazed at the way I was able to do even the toughest asanaas, though with a little effort.
Then one day, it all happened-I was forcefully stopped in my tracks when I couldn’t put a step forward with my limbs suddenly not co operating coupled with an aching back. I tried to contact her to explain but she became incommunicado. By then I spent thousands of rupees in the four months she conducted her sessions at my home. During that period her husband volunteered to teach my husband some asanas and the very first session made the latter keep him at an arm’s distance because he felt groggy the whole day which was unlike him.
I realized the so called trainers in yoga who make lofty promises to treat therapeutic problems are not equipped to do so , they can only teach asanas and are least concerned about the consequences if they are diligently practiced by their clients.