So while many people are focused on the economy, tax time, and world unrest I have a somewhat less weighty debate going on in my mind today. Yoga class... temple of silence and devotion or place of some levity and even the occasional cell phone ring?
Let me put both points of view to you and then you weigh in with your thoughts.
1. Temple of sacred silence:
Some places are meant to be quiet and non-disruptive. Movie theaters, plays, and yoga classes. People come to these places to be transported to another world and interruptions such as cell phones really hinder this process. Cell phones and extraneous laughter and shenanigans should be put on hold for the duration of the class.
2. Yoga Comedy Central with sound effects:
Learning to focus irregardless of distractions is part of the yogic practice. A little ringing music or wise-cracking is good for the spirit. Life is filled with ruts and bumps to overcome and eventually cherish. You might as well incorporate this healthy point of view into your class and go with the flow. Giggle, giggle, snort, snort.
What do you think? I'll tell you my impression (if you haven't guessed already!) after you weigh in with your thoughts.
And for the truly absurd, check out the Buddha Phone.