My friend Tomek from teacher training just made a website to sell T-shirts that he designed. All I can say is, WOW. I cannot stop laughing at his artwork.
Here is a teeny version of the design that Tomek made for his first shirt. (You can see a bigger version by clicking.)
I have so many questions about this picture! For example, why is the second guy wearing a party hat? (Because he locked his knee.) Why does he look like Lord Voldemort? (Not sure.) Why does the first guy have a black eye? (Maybe somebody punched him because he didn't lock his knee.)
The last shirt that made me laugh this hard was one that I saw on the bargain rack at the LA headquarters (the old one on La Cienega). That t-shirt featured an unhappy stick figure doing the kicking-out part of standing head to knee - the part where you make your legs look like a "perfect upside-down L like Linda" - and the text above the picture said: "See you in HELL, Linda." I stood there and laughed at that for about 5 minutes.
In any case, I think I like Tomek's shirt even more. It says "Lock the knee Lock the knee Lock the knee" on the back. I want one immediately. You can giggle over the artwork and order a shirt for yourself at awesomegasana.com, if you are so inclined. These would make fun Christmas presents for the special Bikram yoga teachers in your life! (But Mom, please don't buy me one, I've already ordered it myself.)
Incidentially, the "yogavangelist" term is totally up for grabs if anyone wants to make that idea into a t-shirt. It'd be a good one! (Just give me 75% of the profits after you do all the work. Just kidding.) Who wants it? Teri, you want to go into business with me?
I'm still in love with Teri's t-shirt idea from ages ago. She said that someone should make t-shirts for teacher training graduates that say "See you in the back row!" (Because when you're a trainee, you practice in the middle and the front of the room, but when you go back to visit as a graduate, you practice in the back row.) I thought this was totally clever and I ran around trying to tell everyone "See you in the back row!" but they told me I was a total dork because I hadn't even gotten to training yet. "No, J, you can't say that right now, you're not going to be in the back row! We're going to see you in the front row!"
And though this is a very fluffy blog post, that thought does lead me into one piece of news: I will be in the back row at teacher training next week. Hooray!! I'll be there for all of Week 5.
A lot of people (or maybe it was just Hannah, repeatedly) have asked me, "What do you do when you go back to visit training?" Well, to tell you the truth, I've never done it before, so your guess is as good as mine! Ha ha. No, but really we just go to help out and re-live our glory days. We can take all the classes with the trainees (and Bikram, hooray), we can go to lectures (and Mahabharat, or maybe not), we can sit at the sign-in desk looking moderately important, and we can help out with posture clinics. Since I am a lowly new graduate, residing at the bottom of the totem pole, I will probably be "helping out" in the sense of "sitting around listening and taking notes while other people give feedback," but that's totally cool with me. That's where you've gotta start! Oh, and I will be saying hello to a bunch of old friends who are now trainees (hi Mary! hi Heather!), attempting to meet all the bloggers from this year (who have been keeping me very entertained for the last few weeks), seeing friends from my teacher training class, and spending time with the awesome senior teachers who go to training to help out.
I am very excited. Still-awake-at-1:30am-on-Sunday-night excited. Or maybe that's just the effect of teaching 3 classes today? Who knows?!
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