Google is one fab company. That goes without saying. But with regard to yoga, here’s why.
From an architectural standpoint, the Pittsburgh office is a total yoga haven for liberal, forward-thinking urbanites. A restored penthouse suite of a 100-year old Nabisco factory, “they left its guts raw, so you’ve got exposed pipes and peeled paint and gashes in the walls (from the gritty, rough-and-tumble Rust Belt work of making cookies).” – (Google Unveils Not Evil Office in Pittsburgh). Perfect space for a yoga class. Perfect space to think, to float, and to discover the body. So very cool!
To take it more deeply, the described Pittsburgh space sounds kind of like Google’s hiring process. Very open. According to Sunday’s “How to Get a Job at Google” in The New York Times, Laszlo Bock, senior vice president of people operations for Google, believes that “G.P.A.’s are worthless as criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless.” He cites general cognitive ability, emergent leadership as opposed to traditional leadership, intellectual humility, and ownership as desirable qualities. Bock states that “when you look at people who don’t go to school and make their way in the world, those are exceptional human beings. And we should do everything we can to find those people.” The Times continues with summary of Bock’s approach to hiring: “Talent can come in so many different forms and be built in so may nontraditional ways today, hiring officers have to be alive to every one – besides brand name colleges.”
It’s no secret that I was kicked out of Yoga School. Twice. It’s no secret that I have the skills and knowledge needed to guide a body through the beautiful practice. It’s no secret that I could list my yoga resume and wow you. I can even post pretty videos doing the poses. But I shan’t. Because resumes mean nothing to me. Tradition, for that matter, means nothing to me. Just because I’m Italian doesn’t mean I need to eat pasta on Sunday. So here are my questions: What credibility does a person paying two grand for 200 hours of ‘lessons’ backed by the Yoga Alliance mean in terms of competency to teach yoga compared to someone like me who doesn’t flaunt that RYT? Can a person with non-traditional credentials teach a highly regarded traditional practice?
Will Google Hire Me To Teach Yoga?