Lululemon makes fun of its customers

No one owns yoga.
I love pigeon.
Namaste.
rrrraahhh
My hips are sooo open right now.
I lost my voice last weekend from om-ing too much.

This is (mostly) sh*t yogis say, a video offered up by the marketing staff at Lululemon. Turns out those folks have a sense of humor. HA. I’d like to create a drinking game out of this. Maybe stop and do a shot of kombucha during class whenever one of the phrases is said?

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Girls in yoga pants part deux

My wordpress site stats say that most people stumble upon this blog when searching for “girls in yoga pants”–I wrote about this website (girls in yoga pants) a few weeks ago. I figure that this search is less about the yoga and more about girls in tight pants. Therefore, it may be silly for me to write about a subject to attract more traffic from people who could care less about the yoga, but, on the other hand, why not?

Besides, I do have something else to say about girls in yoga pants, which is: the combo is magic. I don’t know how or why, but I have experienced it firsthand.

Some background: I’ve let myself go. Hair always up in a clip, no makeup, glasses, clothing so unfashionable I’d look like a hobo in northern Canada, let alone on the streets of New York City. Every day I wear the same unwashed dog slobber jeans topped by my husband’s ‘dog coat’–missing a few buttons, too big for even him, one hole, covered in dog hair. Not pretty.

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Ashtanga, NY

Ashtanga, NY - A Yoga DocumentaryAs I perused netflix’s yoga offerings the other day, I noticed this little gem–Ashtanga, NY— available for streaming. If you love yoga and have 40 minutes I very much recommend it.

This short documentary was shot during Sri K Pattabhi Jois‘s visit to NYC in September 2001. (Also known as Guruji, Jois was a father of the modern yoga movement and popularized/founded the Ashtanga style of yoga.)

Every day that month, hundreds of NYC yogis woke up at dawn to practice yoga under instruction of Guruji and family. This is an Indian-style family affair, with Guruji’s daughter (Saraswati), grandson (Sharath), and various other family members serving as Guruji’s posse during his international trip.

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More inconclusive scientific evidence on yoga

Yoga has helped me manage chronic neck pain. Now I feel like Wonder Woman, strongFile:Invisible Plane.jpg and ready to fly, and have become a yoga proselytizer. To strengthen my case as yoga ambassador, I continue to search for unassailable, scientific, randomized proof that yoga is good medicine. Unfortunately, I can’t find it. [There may be a yogic lesson in this but that is not the point of this post.]

This point of this post is to share a NYT blog post which reviews a recent survey of studies on yoga for management of chronic and acute pain. The report, in which a team of researchers sifted through 10 randomized clinical trials involving hundreds of patients, concluded that, while yoga has the potential for alleviating pain, a definitive (scientific) judgement is not yet possible.

Why is a judgement not yet possible? I can’t say. The report says that 9 of the 10 studies suggest that yoga does lead to “a significantly greater reduction in pain than various control interventions such as standard care, self care, therapeutic exercises, relaxing yoga, touch and manipulation, or no intervention.” Nine out of ten sounds pretty good to me.

I can’t access the report (and am happy for that, because then I’d have to read the thing) to read the details so I will throw my hands up, continue to search, and do more yoga.

Yogic wisdom from Steve Jobs

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” [Stanford commencement speech, June 2005]

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These words have been taken from a collection in the Wall Street Journal. A lot of people have been going back to Steve’s words, reminding ourselves that although he made his fortune creating beautiful, useful material things, he had a rich internal life.

What does this have to do with yoga? Apparently, in his younger days, Jobs went to India to find enlightenment and returned disappointed by a spiritual con man but influenced by Buddhism.

He found his truth his own way. His words strike me as especially yogic because they focus on the impermanence of our bodies, on staying present, on the ultimate insignificance of our attachments and fears, and on finding and trusting that you are everything you have been looking for.

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Finally, here’s a yogic Mac ad from 2008, via yogadork (“breathe out, and expel that bad Vista energy”):

yoga + orgasm = yogasm ?

This post from the Daily Beast–Are Yogasms Real?–makes me blush. A quote:

In New York City, a woman who chose to remain nameless talked to The Daily Beast about experiencing a yoga orgasm at Pure Yoga, a fancy studio on Manhattan’s Upper East Side owned by the Equinox fitness chain. “I was in lotus pose, focusing on breathing and lifting the muscles of my pelvic floor,” she said. She wasn’t prepared for what happened after her instructor pressed his body against her back and synchronized his breath with hers, lifting her ribs as she inhaled, and pushing down on her thighs as she exhaled. “I was tingling all over!” she gushed.

I’ve had moments of ecstasy during yoga classes after nailing a pose once believed impossible, I’ve had amazing assists from hot teachers, but I’ve never experienced an orgasm in yoga class. Have you?

Via YogaCityNYC.

Yoga and vampires

I wish I knew how to link to this: http://www.peacejuice.com/Raconteur_Marc_Kamhi.html

I love vampires. So I investigated what the internet had to offer in regards to vampires & yoga. Not much to find, mostly that a handful of hot young actors on vampire TV shows do it (yoga). Ryan Kwanten, who is unconscionably crushable, plays a human on True Blood (my favorite of the vampire shows and airs on HBO) and has trained with Kathryn Budig, a CA-based yoga teacher. Nina Dobrev plays a breathy human and her evil twin vampire ancestor on the Vampire Diaries (a WB show about supernatural high schoolers) and says she would be a yoga instructor if she weren’t an actor. Ian Somerhalder plays a bad boy vampire on the Vampire Diaries and apparently tweets about doing hot yoga. (All male vampires are bad boys, which is why we love them, but some are badder than others.)

Other vampire yoga odds and ends include this amusing blog post speculating on vampires’ need for yoga. From what I gather the author is an academic in philosophy and a dedicated Ashtangi. I’ve quoted him at length:

If vampires do exist, would they need to practice yoga? If everything we know about vampires is correct, vampires never grow old and die. So it seems that they wouldn’t need to practice yoga for the health benefits…but maybe some vampires might decide to practice yoga anyway, because like humans, vampires also have worries, and practicing yoga would also enable them to have greater equanimity in the face of stressful situations and life’s many worries (“Where is my next vial of blood going to come from?”)

Should there also be classes that are exclusively for vampires? And maybe yoga DVDs made exclusively for vampires (the latest Rodney Yee video to hit the shelves: “Yoga for Vampires and Other Undead Citizens”)?

Remember, this is not a laughing matter. If you have taken Philosophy 101, you would know that just because something has never happened before does not mean that it will not happen in the future: Just because there are no vampires around today (at least not any that we are aware of) does not mean that there will be no vampires in the future. We need to be prepared. [my emphasis]

Lastly, this reading of Rock N Roll and the Immortal Soul: A Vampire Musical, shows some vampires (I think) at a yoga class. It raises the dilemma a vampire might face while doing sun salutations, because the sun is deadly. oy vey.

Girls in yoga pants

True to form, I entirely missed the discussion about a website called Girls in Yoga Pants (GIYP) and am writing about it one year after the topic has been forgotten. If you didn’t guess, the website features snaps of girls in yoga pants, mostly the rear view. My verdict: love. Why? Because, first and foremost, I am a creepy perv. But also because I love that these ladies are clothed. The pics are amateur and self-submitted. The ladies are diverse (black, white, latina, short, tall, skinny, not so skinny). It appears to me to be good ole fashioned appreciation of the female backside. I like the GIYP logo, a silhouette of plow pose, in the lower right corner of every photo (see below).

Mostly, I love that these are called yoga pants, even though hardly anyone does yoga in the pictures; one holds a tennis racket, one walks her dog, many lounge around the house. A few years ago this item of clothing would have been known as leggings, but yoga is so big (like some of these booties) it has re-branded a type of clothing–like Xerox did for the copy machine, Kleenex for tissue paper, and Coke for soda. If this ain’t a sign that yoga has made it in America, I don’t know what is.