I just watched this video this morning, and apparently it has been making rounds in the yoga world. A lot of yoginis are up in arms about it, saying it objectifies women. There where the obvious arguments that it was using sex to sell. I personally think the person shooting avoided a lot of obvious crotch shots, and the few butt-cheek ones didn’t bother me. The difference between sensuality and sexuality is a fine line. There were arguments that the disheveled bed with a male in it suggested something lewd. Okay, I’m totally whistle-blowing that one. In case you haven’t slept with someone, the bed sheets are going to be messed up regardless of frisky business or restless nights. Sheets are not designed in a way that both can be satisfied!; Alas. Many of the opinions are valid, aside from the sheet one, but in all honesty I like this video more than the more recent Yoga Body Calendars by Jasper Johal. A little back info: before his yoga shots only featured a few bare breasts. Now practically all are pushed out for view, except for the famous Kathryn Budig’s. I think the female body is a wonderful thing. I think the male body is a wonderful thing. But, like everyone, I have my opinions of when someone is trying to make an extra buck by selling sex. When I think of what makes a yoga body powerful I think of muscles. Breasts kind of just hang there. It bothers me a little, but not enough to make me stand up and shout, and frankly not everything has to. Indifference is often touted as laziness, but at times it’s a perfectly fine emotion. What are your thoughts? PS: I really do love the rest of his work, just not that “stuff.”
For me this came across as a fine example of a super strong and beautiful practice. It did, however, make me envious in a few ways.
1.) Envious that I don’t have a dedicated morning practice– I’m working on that this week!
2. ) Envious that my apartment isn’t that nice– Some day I’ll go J.K Rowling with a book and have a nice New York apartment 😉
3.) Envious bra companies don’t make cute lacy things for big breasted women– Breast reductions are kind of expensive.
Peel away ❤