Just a few pictures that made me smile. It’s almost Friday! Woop woop!
Images courtesy of 365daysyoga.tumblr.com and fuckyeahyoga.tumblr.com
Some of you probably know that Rajashree and Bikram Choudhury, the husband-and-wife team behind Bikram yoga, are pushing for yoga to be recognized as an Olympic sport. For those of you that don’t know the story, the idea can be a little baffling at first.
“Wait, what?” You ask, “Yoga in the Olympics? Isn’t that against everything yoga stands for?”
Good question. Yoga is a practice that focuses on inner growth, and accepting yourself. Even the yoga vernacular reflects this: we “practice” yoga, we don’t “play” yoga or “do” yoga. Some say that directly conflicts with making yoga a competitive sport.
Others argue that yoga is a set of skills just like anything else, and that those skills can be measured and scored, including things like focus and breathing. Yoga competitions do exist in India, and some people see the Olympics as a natural place for talented athletes, er, yogis, to showcase their skills.
What do you think? Should yoga belong in the Olympics? Should it be a competitive sport?
Photo courtesy of nytimes.com
Hellllllooooooo yogis!! Hope you have all been well, I’m just getting back from a long weekend down in southern California… recovering from a friend’s wedding and wine tasting and not enough sleep and nineteen hours in a car in the past four days. Oh man, I need to get my yoga-booty back to the studio.
But, I figured we’d start your week off with some exciting news: Will’s friend, Susana Montes, is working on an iPhone app and is searching for a young female “model” for some exercise videos. Do you look good when you sweat? Do you come to life on the runway? Is “Photogenic” your middle name?
Well then, ladies, you could be Yoga Belly’s next top model!
(Alas, I am not even in the room with photogenic, whenever I try to give the camera a face I think is sexy, someone always asks if I’m in pain. Ouch. So, my fellow camera-shy sistas, you’re in good company… rock on with yo bad selves!)
If you’re interested, please email Susana (include a photo) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
But, the one thing I hate about vacations (yes, it’s true) is missing my yoga-time. Inevitably, I come home and feel like I’m starting yoga all over again, barely able to touch my toes. It’s not quite enough to keep me from ever leaving Mountain View, but somehow, even on the beach with a girly drink in my hand, I’ll find myself thinking, “Man, I could really use some hip openers right now.” (Okay, so maybe I have a problem.)
Luckily, Yoga Journal feels my pain. They’ve come up with a 17 minute video that I can do in my hotel room. It’s no Yoga Belly, and I’ve never had a hotel room with a disco ball, but hey, it’s better than nothing.
Image courtesy of yogajournal.com/livemag