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Written by Brad Roberts

19 Aug

YOGA AND ITS PERILS


Some of you may know that I have taken up yoga with a vengeance. I did this very reluctantly, as I am not inclined towards the spiritual realms (just listen to my records and you’ll get the picture). But I was in terrible shape, and yoga turned around my whole situation.

Now that I’m more deeply immersed in the yoga culture, my suspicions mentioned above are being confirmed. So many of these people are looking to be fixed by someone else, rather than be an active participant in improving their health and their lives. This is a key notion in so many of our endeavors: do we want someone to wave the magic wand and take away our troubles? Or are we willing to work for it?

Further, almost all forms of yoga seem to be subject to the vagaries of 21st century advertising hype, notably the eroticization of images in yoga. Take a look at some yoga photographs sometime. So much of it is practically soft porn. We see girls with their skimpy bikini’s doing yoga on the sand, while the surf rolls in, with the sea and sky beyond under a setting sun. Often we see poses that involve two people, and often this is highly reminiscent of the girl-on-girl action in soft porn, their bodies beaded and glistening, limbs entwined.

But perhaps most annoyingly of all are the yogis who simply ape the words of their “guru”. Truth is not merely universal, but also local and historical (hold that paradox, because it’s just the way things are), and NO ONE has the last word on ANYTHING, including, of course, me.

In any case, I encourage anyone who wants to work their bodies in ways that are almost magical at times, to go ahead and try yoga. But bear these pitfalls in mind. I’m sure I’ll get a lot of negative feedback on this. But hey, when did I ever shrink from controversy? xo Bard


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5 Responses to “YOGA AND ITS PERILS”

  1. By Eric on Aug 19, 2010 | Reply

    I’m not a Yogite, so please forgive my naivety, but I always thought yoga was a means to reach spiritual enlightenment? I don’t necessarily mean “finding God,” because spirituality means many things to many people. But I mean obtaining the calm. Like meditating.

    Is this why you practice yoga, or is it simply to exercise your physical muscles?

  2. By brad on Aug 20, 2010 | Reply

    i do it for both, but the “spiritual” part was an unexpected bonus that emerged as i kept it up.

  3. By Eric on Aug 20, 2010 | Reply

    Wow. You’re not kidding. A simple Google Images search of “yoga” returns thousands of attractive women doing yoga on beaches with the sunset behind them.

    My favorite: “Better Sex Through Yoga”

    Classic example of 21st century advertising hype. Sex sells, baby! So does the promise of that magic wand…

  4. By Dean Wilson on Aug 22, 2010 | Reply

    Good call. The fashion aspect of anything often is what keeps me away from things that would be to my benefit. I think back on things that I practise now that I would never allow into my life as I refused to be one of them. Today I am capable of working on my own personal stuff and by keeping it personal don’t need to wear the badge that says “me too”. Don’t find the images to fringe on pornographic. Blatantly Erotic! The test of my will to remain focused.

  5. By Brian Comiskey on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    I’m going to trust you on this and check out yoga.

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