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Hatha YOGA in Ciutadella Park
Posted June 17th, 2011 - 2:09 pm by from Barcelona, Spain (Permalink)
Hello! my name is Eva and I'm a teacher of Yoga and Acroyoga. Every Monday and Friday at 10h in the morning I give a class of vinyasa-hatha yoga in Ciutadella Park . We meet at 9.55 in the big door in front Arc de Triomf (passeig Lluis Companys).The payment of the class is by donation. Don't forget to bring your mat!

Hola! me llamo Eva y soy profesora de yoga y Acroyoga. Cada lunes y miercoles a las 10h de la mañana doy clases de vinyasa-hatha yoga en el parque de la Ciutadella. Nos encontramos a las 9.55 en la puerta en frente del Arco de Triunfo (Paseo Lluis Companys). La clase es bajo donation. No olvides traer tu esterilla!

Posted June 19th, 2011 - 11:38 pm by from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Permalink)
I realise that practicing yoga might be beneficial to circus freaks, but this looks like spam to me. You're not supposed to use CouchSurfing to advertise money-making schemes. Even if "The payment of the class is by donation", you're still looking to be paid.
Can our donation be 0,00€? In that case, I'll recommend this class to my friends. If not, please stop advertising your classes on CS!

Posted June 21st, 2011 - 3:59 pm by from Barcelona, Spain (Permalink)
Hello, this is definitely not spam. Yes yoga is beneficial not just to circus people (freaks? not the type of judgmental label I agree with).
Donation doesn't necessarily mean money (or were you unaware of that?) and your donation of zero euros is perfectly acceptable while you make a donation of perhaps your time to help me or of a cake you bake or whatever it may be.
So you see, although it is not for free (that is to say not available to scroungers who refuse to compensate the energy they are offered) it is not a money making scheme either, so go ahead and recommend it to your friends (I'm sure you'll get positive feed back).
Meanwhile perhaps you could put your energy into writing a fairly tale as opposed to judging other people before you are aware of the facts.
With regards,

Posted June 24th, 2011 - 5:32 pm by from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Permalink)
Hi Eva!
You accuse me of "judging other people before you are aware of the facts", when I did nothing of the kind, whereas you seem to be doing that with me. [If you read my comment CAREFULLY, you'll see that I wrote: "this LOOKS like spam to me" (I've added capital letters this time) and "Can our donation be 0,00€? In that case, I'll recommend this class to my friends. If NOT, please stop advertising your classes on CS!" (again, added capitals).]

There ARE people who advertise money-making schemes on CS, there ARE people who limit their CS activity SOLELY to services-for-money offers... and in my personal opinion, if you accept any money at all from CS participants [or even refuse people ("scroungers"*) who don't offer you anything (e.g. cake) in return], you are skating close to the edge. You GIVE. If people give you something in return, that's fine. If not, that's also fine: you have demonstrated your generosity.

Now that I've re-read your original post, I pay especial notice to the use of the word "payment": "The payment of the class is by donation." So it's YOU that introduced this concept. And "payment" is understood by most people as meaning money.

If you had announced your classes with the notice: "We like to have a picnic together after the class, so please bring some food to share with the others", you might have avoided this misunderstanding. If you - as teacher - walk away from the classes (and the picnic afterwards) with money or gifts in your pocket, that IS payment.

I can think of many services that I could offer other CSers in exchange for money - or cake - but (although I live FAR below the poverty line) I respect CS rules and don't use CS for that.

Yours sincerely,
Jimmy Hop

p.s. ["Meanwhile perhaps you could put your energy into writing a fairly tale..."] If you'd bother to investigate, you'd notice that I DO write stories - though not strictly fairy tales (the name of my web-site is a pun on "Grimm's Fairy Tales") - for children. If there is a common message that runs through ALL these stories, it's "try considering how the world looks from The Other Person's point of view" (i.e. don't pre-judge others).

p.p.s. Since we CHOOSE to join this group called "Circus Freaks", that can hardly be considered a "judgmental label" - it just means that we have a sense of humour and an ability to laugh at ourselves... "Freaks" is also an informal term for "hippies".

* Funnily enough, many NORMAL people would consider the whole concept of Hospitality Clubs - staying in other people's houses without paying - to be a form of scrounging.

Posted June 24th, 2011 - 5:36 pm by from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Permalink)
Some people also consider those who perform theatre, juggle, or play music on the streets to be "scroungers". But we don't OBLIGE anybody to pay. You can enjoy our show and walk away. If you choose to give us something, that's YOUR decision...