Apparently, the world is not my oyster.
I got up at 4:45 this morning for sunrise Ashtanga – Mysore series. I was turned away – from Yoga! Christ have mercy, it’s just not right. Here’s how it went down at the reception desk at the studio:
That’s not me or the bouncer, but you get the drift.
Me: (All excited and proud of myself for making it into the city at that hour of the morning.) Hi, umm – I have only done Mysore a few times but I have my little binder here with my notes on the sequence – can I go in and get started?
The Bouncer: Ummm. Do you know what this is?
Me: (Starting to get incredulous) Well, yes – I am a certified Yoga Instructor and have been practicing for a number of years. I’m trying to introduce Ashtanga into my practice and I’m really excited about it. I took Mysore a couple of months ago.
The Bouncer: Well, I can’t let you take this class unless you are practicing twice a week at THIS studio.
Note: Ashtanga is a pretty athletic form of yoga with some advanced postures in the sequence. Usually an instructor specially trained in Ashtanga will assist a student’s advancement over time. It can be a very rewarding and bonding experience.
Me: (Heart cracking) I teach at least twice a week and practice either on my own or in a studio about the same. Does that count?
The Bouncer: No. I mean, if you want to come just practice on your own in the room that would be okay but I can’t give you any direction or help.
Me: No thanks. That doesn’t make any sense to me.
The Bouncer: Awww. I feel bad. You came all the way down here.
Me: (thinking) Yeah right.
I swear, I almost cried. Not only was this experience the farthest thing from Yoga, it is bad business. I haven’t recovered. I just learned the world is NOT my oyster. I have usually been able to talk my way to my intended outcome. Not this time. The Bouncer was serious, all business. Bad business.
I left. Hauled my yoga hiney back home cursing my totally wasted effort at the ungodly hour.
And no, I can’t take “No” for an answer. Never have. Christ, am I annoyed. What would you have done?