Йога (Yoga) (English translation)


Йога (Yoga)

Я получил замечание.
Папа пришёл в восторг,
А мама в отчаяние.
«Поведение вашего сына
Внушает тревогу:
Он изучает йогу
И вместо руки подает ногу.
Детям, конечно, полезно
В движениях разнообразие,
Но бегать по потолку –
Это уже безобразие!
Законов физики
Не признаёт он совсем,
В коридоре на люстре качается,
За партой сидит в позе Дзен,
Терпенье моё кончается.
И хоть он учится на отлично,
Поведенье его неэтично.
Даже, можно сказать, разлагающе:
Физрук под его влиянием
Ходит как-то летающе.
А учитель ботаники цветами порос.
Химик на уроке превращается
То в ртуть, то в купорос.
А учитель истории –
То в Цезаря, то во льва,
А то в гладиатора.
Но у нас же школа,
А не подмостки театра.
Вот и я поддался йоге немножко –
Улетаю из класса прямо в окошко,
Хоть в школу вхожу
Через парадные двери...
Прошу принять против йоги
Самые строгие меры!»
Submitted by Sophia_ on Wed, 12/08/2015 - 10:27
Last edited by Ainoa on Wed, 05/12/2018 - 08:08
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English translation


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I received a note from school.
Dad was thrilled,
but my mom's in despair.
"About your son's behavior...
Be aware that
he studies yoga
And instead of using his hands, he uses his feet.
Children, of course, are resourceful
and are quite dexterous,
but running on the ceiling
is disgraceful!
He does not care about
the laws of physics at all -
Swinging from the chandelier in the hall,
sitting at his desk in a Zen pose.
My patience is at an end.
And although he learns quite well,
his behavior is unethical.
It can even be said that it's degrading.
The gym teacher is now under his influence
and walks on air.
The botany teacher sits in a Lotus position covered in flowers.
The chemistry teacher is now in Mercury retrograde,
but other times is just denigrated.
Now the history teacher tries Yoga poses like
The Caesar, The Lion,
and even The Gladiator.
But this is a school after all
and not a theater stage.
Well, even I dabbled in yoga a bit -
and at the end of the class, I leave by the window.
But, I still go to school
through the front doors.
Please take the most extreme precautions
against yoga."
Submitted by Phil Ambro on Tue, 04/12/2018 - 04:55
Added in reply to request by Sophia_
Author's comments:

Thanks to all the Russians who HELPED me to try to understand this. Pig flowers to you all. Hugs.

More translations of "Йога (Yoga)"
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Phil Ambro    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 05:08

Не могу найти песню, а только поэмы. Разве что это песня?

Sophia_    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 06:51

This is a poem, not a song.
"Цветами порос " means that he became covered with flowers.

BlackSea4ever    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 08:08

Phil, age of Internet, power of search...
No one turns teachers into lions - research!
Simhasana won't leave you in the lurch...

Andrew Parfen    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 08:57

The boy's behavior is contaminating the behavior of other ones in the school. It seems everybody in the school are admiring his energy and they want to be like him - a bit outstanding, not dull as before. So, the batony teacher's behavior became somewhat sunny, flowery, if it's possible to say so, as if he grew flowers on himself. Regular smile Or... maybe he is just irritating the teachers?

BlackSea4ever    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 09:03

Hmm. More likely referring to the botany teacher doing yoga pose called flower? Apparently, the adviser should be also researching?  Tongue smile

Jadis    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 09:08

But is there a yoga posture called 'gladiator' ? I couldn't find any, and neither didn't I find Caesar, or Imperator, or whatever... It's getting technic...

Andrew Parfen    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 09:13

Может я ж таки и не прав, но мне все-таки кажется, что это больше про его цветущее настроение. Я не буду на этом настаивать, просто чисто мое восприятие... Regular smile Правда не говорится, какими цветами он там порос, если колючими, или ядовитыми, тогда скорее и ботаник становится злым на мальчика.

Jadis    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 09:35

I think that "цветами порос" can be understand , either literally (he bloomed in flowers), or in a figurative sense (he began to feel very well, he was very happy), ad of course it's playing words with "botanics".

Sophia_    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 11:07

Я с детства знаю это стихотворение,и всегда представляла, что ботаник оброс цветами именно в буквальном смысле :-)

Учитель истории, рассказывая о событиях древнего мира, перевоплощается в персонажей .

Про химика- это чистый сюр, но это же смешно.

Я воспринимаю так.
И йога- это не просто принятие определенных поз, это изменение сознания, как мне кажется.

Jadis    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 13:14

Interesting, but is there any position in yoga allowing you to fly out of a classroom through a window ? I think there might be a confusion with Tibetan monks' levitation here...

BlackSea4ever    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 13:19

Clearly, principle is a yoga practicing witch/warlock, hence, he/she is able to that....lol

Jadis    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 13:46

This looks rather like Harry Potter's Hogwarts school...

Phil Ambro    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 16:39

THANK YOU!!! YOU seem to be the ONLY person who understands my confusion!!! If this song is about YOGA, why then are people flying through windows? And, I will admit the "pig flowers" got me very confused. Of course, there will always be some Russian (like one above) who will always imply that in the age of the internet, I should do research, and stop being such an ignorant American. What these Russian natives do NOT understand is that I can research "pig flowers" and "yoga" for hours and never come up with anything. So, of course, I get the insults. Then, of course, other kind and helpful Russians will chime in and say, that they don't understand either, and give their interpretations as to what it may mean. So, I'm stuck with this. Obviously, it's a child who wrote this. (I saw the video.) So, I'm not expecting much. But! I did expect that in Russia, YOGA was the same it was in the USA. But, apparently, if I "research" long enough on the internet, I'll find that Russian Yoga has aspects of Kung Fu integrated into it, and some pig flowers as well. Well, at least I thank you for understanding my problem. And, I thank the Russians who tried to help me. As for the Russian who just said something like "Research yoga pig flowers, you ignorant American. This is the age of the internet!" Uh, I give no thanks to him/her.

Brat    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 16:51

Hahaha, Phil, you're so funny with your "pig flowers". *lol*
Look, "порос" is NOT "поросёнок" here, it's "зарос, оброс, покрылся".
Then, yoga was EXTREMELY exotic in the USSR, so that people believed yogamen could even fly and so on. Wink smile
BTW, the verse was written by an adult... child.

Phil Ambro    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 16:57

Thanks for that. I did see USSR yoga played in East Germany which I could watch in West Germany. It was funny! But, I wouldn't call it exotic. LOL

sandring    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 16:50

Phil, I understand your problems and appreciate your efforts to brave Russian. I'd never have such courage. But where do you see pigs? Порос is the same as зарос - got covered with flowers, became a flower bed. It's an allusion to non-violence attitude. The song makes fun of all tacky things yoga is associated with. They all became Hindu under the boy's influence.

Phil Ambro    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 17:00

Sorry, I thought it was genitive plural of поросы.

Brat    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 17:13

Oh, there are 2 similar words in Russian:
1. ПОРО́С - a verb, masc. pf. asp. of "порасти"
2. ПО́РОС - a noun, dated/colloquial - a boar, a bull or even a tup
https://dic.academic.ru/dic.nsf/ushakov/960518 -> an error slipped into the online vocabulary: you see, the stresses are shown above the first syllable in both cases, though it should have been done as I showed.

Phil Ambro    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 17:24

I WISH that Russian was written with stress marks. Unfortunately, I have to guess. But, listening to songs helps me to see where the accent stress is, even though it's never written. One question. When I'm writing, does it look childish to write ещё instead of еще? Or does it look more correct? My teachers all said, after you start writing in Russian, you stop using ё, because everyone knows so it's just a waste of time. Is that true?

Andrew Parfen    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 17:45
Phil Ambro wrote:

When I'm writing, does it look childish to write ещё instead of еще? Or does it look more correct? My teachers all said, after you start writing in Russian, you stop using ё, because everyone knows so it's just a waste of time. Is that true?

"Ещё" is more correct, but the teacher is right, it's just a waste of time: there is no difference for us russians if it is written as "еще" или "ещё". And there is no childish in writing it "ещё", it's OK I guess. We also write "еж" instead of "ёж" and there are more other examples. Regular smile

Andrew Parfen    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 18:04

And it's just TWO dots above two letters "е" and "о" in Russian. In Hebrew there are from one to five or more dots under almost each letter and they DON'T write them! Teeth smile

Phil Ambro    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 18:15

Don't try Vietnamese!!!

Andrew Parfen    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 18:20

Oh, you have even to have an ear for music to speak or understand Vietnamese! Teeth smile Teeth smile

Phil Ambro    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 18:24

No! I was talking about their accent marks. I think they have 47 or 212.

Brat    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 18:38
Phil Ambro wrote:

I WISH that Russian was written with stress marks. Unfortunately, I have to guess. But, listening to songs helps me to see where the accent stress is, even though it's never written.

Verses are much more convenient because you can just stick to the metre while reading. Provided there are no unusual stressing, of course. Sometimes it happens, though; either it's present in English poetry.

Phil Ambro wrote:

One question. When I'm writing, does it look childish to write ещё instead of еще? Or does it look more correct? My teachers all said, after you start writing in Russian, you stop using ё, because everyone knows so it's just a waste of time. Is that true?

Actually, there are only two words that require dots to be understood correctly: "все" and "всё". But you'd better study the dots and use them, because: 1. "ё" is ALWAYS stressed in Russian (that may help you a lot while thumbing difficult texts. 2. You'll find out the correct pronunciation of such words as "скабрёзный", "афера" which are often mispronounced by sheer natives. Wink smile 3. There may be some additional bonuses I've forgotten about... Wink smile So don't be afraid of 'being childish'.

Jadis    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 16:54
Phil Ambro wrote:

I'll find that Russian Yoga has aspects of Kung Fu integrated into it, and some pig flowers as well.

They are certainly capable of even worse ! Regular smile
Never mind, learning Russian is not a path of roses, as I find out every day, since many years... but it's still exciting, IMO. Don't let shameless mockers turn you away from the road, you're not the only poor sinner here ! Wink smile
(And I like the idea of "pig flowers", it could make a good poem... I'll think it over.)

Brat    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 17:00
Jadis wrote:

(And I like the idea of "pig flowers", it could make a good poem... I'll think it over.)

I reckon, "fig plowers" would serve this purpose much better. Tongue smile

BlackSea4ever    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 17:30

Okay...tried to sto myself but nnnooo.
1. You do realize that pig flowers came from you not source?
2. Since you don't know the subject, according to you, you should not undertake translation, especially not without research.
3. Intuitively, I'd have searched: yoga pose lion, then flower, then, just looked at most yoga pose names - Jadis did that questioning Caesar, gladiator, whatever. I did NOT research it... Lol

I never called you ignorant - this is also your word. I typically do not insult anyone nor even imply it. I make many-many mistakes in both languages and gladly review suggestions and corrections. I even posted language goof when I translated sentence = предложение when it was prison sentencing... So, don't for a moment think that any of the comments were made to offend you!

Phil Ambro    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 17:55

I'm not offended. I'm rather enjoying this banter. Sorry if you think I'm not. LOL I do appreciate all the help that everyone gives me. You too BlackSea. I would like you to know that while translating this, I was well aware that it was a song about YOGA, and I was thinking about using YOGA terms. But, I stopped because I was confused as to why this boy (doing YOGA) is swinging from the chandelier (NOT YOGA), etc. So, because this boy does YOGA and NON-YOGA things, I wasn't sure if "gladiator" was supposed to be YOGA or KUNG-FU, as the song seems to mix the two. I have already explained my error in thinking that a flower bed was genitive plural of pigs. Such mistakes happen. So, get off my back, unless you can find me that "pig flower" yoga pose so I can straighten out my back again, after you get off it. LOL Regular smile

Phil Ambro    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 17:59

One last thing, (a cultural reference that you may not have understood). When I said "ignorant" it's kind of funny. (At least to my generation.)
There is a famous comedy skit, where two pundits are having a political discussion. The woman gives her views which are smart witty and educated. Then the man says, "Jane, you ignorant slut!" The word ignorant, is often (tongue in cheek) and non-offensive sarcasm. That's the way I meant it. No insult intended to you. Sorry if you took it like that.

Andrew Parfen    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 09:09

The chemistry teacher, because of him, becomes sometimes quicksilver, sometimes sulphate of copper. I think that means, that he sometimes gets vivid and brilliant at his lessons and he is interesting to listen to, but often he gets angry, too, because of the naughty behavior of the boy.

BlackSea4ever    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 09:25

Haha. Богатое воображение! Still, more likely refers to Mercury retrograde. I am most certainly not an expert in all poses, but fairly certain that boy's yoga became a fad where everyone, including teachers, are showing off yoga poses.

Andrew Parfen    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 09:30

I won't dispute on that. That's just how I understood the text myself. I may be wrong, too. Regular smile

Jadis    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 09:11

By the way, "But we only have one school!" would rather be "But after all, this is (supposed to be) a school" (and not a theatre), I guess.

Andrew Parfen    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 09:19

History teacher gets different moods, too. Sometimes he is inspired by the boy's energy and he feels like being Caesar himself, but sometimes the boy is just so naughty, that the teacher wants him tear apart like a lion. Regular smile

Andrew Parfen    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 09:27

Well, I started to dabble in yoga a bit myself, too.
(At the end of lesson) I leave the class flying through the window. Although I go to school
through the front doors. Something like this.... Regular smile

Kashtanka1965    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 09:32

Why everybody get so excited? It's just a bit of fun. The translation, as usual, not very good.

BlackSea4ever    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 09:39

We aren't excited - we are bantering. I am not sleeping again. Jadis confused me with his new image. Andrew has conjured images of school teachers like Christopher Lloyd. My cat does awesome yoga poses, but he acquired a nasty habit of yowling between 3 and 4 am - this completely ruins my sleep - I am threatening him right now and he seems very concerned having curled up on my pillow admiring my snoring husband.

BlackSea4ever    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 09:45

We gotta credit Phil for always baiting us into his translations. Lol. It's about 9pm for you, but almost 5 am for me. I will be a zombie at work...till tonight, my friends.

Kashtanka1965    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 11:31

I used to snore a lot. Not anymore. I used sleepaphnea machine. It's good for my health and even better for my wife.

Andrew Parfen    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 09:51

Just to shuffle a bit our little grey cells. By the way, I reread the text and comments, and I agree now with BlackSea4Ever, it's about yoga poses. The key words were "the school is not theatre" - so, they really were making poses, like playing on stage. I was wrong then, sorry. Regular smile I take back all my suggestions! Nevertheless, I hope my commenting gave to Phil something useful. Regular smile

Jadis    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 09:50

Any yoga expert in this room ? Whatchutalkingabout smile

BlackSea4ever    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 11:06

Why? Is there a certain pose you are particularly interested in? Or are you still looking for Caesar, gladiator ones?

Phil Ambro    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 17:03

LMAO! Oh, that's funny. Wish I had thought to say it. If someone finds the "pig flower" pose, send me the link, it might help my back. LOL

Phil Ambro    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 16:42

Oh, Kashtanka, you cut me to the bone! No sympathy for an ignorant American who improperly translated "pig flowers". Oh, that hurts. Wink smile

Kashtanka1965    Tue, 04/12/2018 - 12:00

Насчет гладиаторов. На нашем хуторе в Одессе, так называли мужиков, которые только " гладили"!