Like most people, I wear many hats. Hats relating to being a home manager, wife, yoga teacher, community volunteer, and so forth. Just today I became aware of a hat that I put on almost every day but have been overlooking. It’s time to lay claim to the title of yoga curator.
You might well ask what I do as a yoga curator.
Well, I spend part of my morning reading the news, perusing blog posts, googling yoga information, listening to podcasts, and communicating through Facebook. I enjoy passing on any relevant material that I glean from my virtual wanderings to friends and students. Alternatively, I might encounter something that serves as a catalyst for my own weekly blog posting. Or, what I’ve seen or heard may contribute to a yoga class, workshop or retreat I’m planning to teach.
We live in an age radically different from the days when people used books for references: encyclopaedias, dictionaries, thesauruses, atlases. Every single one of these resources has been upgraded to fit nicely into your computer, including the device that fits into your pocket or that you wear on your wrist.
I’m not going to harp on in the vein of ‘when I was a girl’. But I will say it was much more difficult to connect people and information. I would write a letter to my sister in Chicago, and it could take two weeks to arrive, instead of the instant it takes to press ‘send’.
Just now I googled the word curator and almost instantly found ten separate dictionary definitions, including an entry from the prestigious Oxford English Dictionary. Imagine if you had to have space on your bookshelves for 20 volumes of the OED and then needed to search for the tome with your particular word.
I love that I can find an article from The Yoga Journal 0n-line to support an anatomical theme for this week’s class. I love that I can write a ‘Yoga with Eve Grzybowski’ blog post and send it to Facebook and other social media so it reaches a wide audience. People I know and those whom I’ve never met will read this post.
I love that there are countless other digital yoga curators out there who make the phrase world wide web a real thing.
More than virtual, all the filaments that make up the web have the capability of connecting us in a meaningful way. The information, ideas, and experiences we share help us develop our yoga practices and perhaps take us into challenging and new territories.
Have you thought of yourself as a yoga curator? I’d be interested in hearing what sort of things you view and what you pass on.
Love this. Great post Eve. Aren’t we lucky to live in this digital age and to be in a position to take true advantage of it! Here’s another one for your collection. http://www.joyfulmind.net.au/blog/why-i-love-yoga-tall-mountain
I’m so impressed with your weekly blog posts: i’m running behind with my monthly ones!
Yes, Shakti, we are blessed. There are many people my age who fear social media–basically defend themselves against moving with the times.
I’ve been fortunate to have a husband who is brilliant with computer technology. Also, I try to keep my mind open to how the internet can enhance yoga learning.
I enjoyed visiting your joyful mind website and seeing how practically you interweave daily life issues with the ancient teachings.
Thank you Eve. What a good thing that you, of your generation and experience, embrace social media. Yoga is the richer.