Wednesday, January 25, 2012

My Thoughts on the Recent Yoga Hubbub

I've been keeping to myself lately, so I haven't weighted in on all sorts of interesting yoga news. Most everything has been said already.. but here's an abridged version of my two-cents on the biggest yoga stories to break in the last few weeks.

1. Yoga can wreck your body. No shit! That's why teachers are so careful to tell you to bend your front knee at a 90 degree angle in standing poses, get the guidance of an experienced teacher before you try an advanced pose like Headstand, and never EVER move your head when you're practicing Shoulderstand. Why are people acting like this is a breaking news story? I'm tired of reading about it. Stop. Please.

2. Companies use sexy yoga models to sell stuff. Yes.. And this is different from companies using sexy non-yoga models to sell things how? I just don't see why this is a big deal. BTW, I know the point of this spoof video (below) was that yoga actually is NOT sexy. But in fact, I think it's way sexier than the first video. It's a dude... doing yoga.. and being funny at the same time. It wouldn't make me buy anything, but I still think it's pretty sexy.

3. T-Rex hates Chaturanga. T-Rex, T-Rex, T-Rex... Didn't your teacher tell you that the poses you hate most are the ones you need to practice the most!? Try using a tower of blocks under your little hands (paws? claws?) Poses were meant to be modified after all. Or maybe just start with Plank.. and work your way up to Chaturanga. I think you'll get there.