Again, this is totally Macho Man Yoga Week…and nobody warned us!
We mentioned Jiu-Jitsu and mixed martial arts the other day. This yoga thing has really helped with breathing techniques and flexibility – important things when your face is smooshed into a mat and your arms and legs are locked around someone else’s torso. And just when we were seriously starting to wonder if “you’re man enough to do yoga,” Police Officer Mann (!) slapped us with his yoga night stick and set us straight.
So of course it’s only suiting that today we come across the manliest of tough guy yoga practices. Introducing Yoga For Fighters! POW! Maybe you’ve already heard of it, there are DVDs for sale yo. Seriously, after viewing the video clip and website we think it’s actually kind of cool. Also, it’s rooted in Ashtanga – founder Phil Migliarese was authorized to teach by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in India in 1998.
So all right, yoga wasn’t intended to take on the frilly My Little Pony image it managed to adopt in the West. And we know guys don’t need to do roundhouse kicks and one arm push ups in yoga class to prove their masculinity. But you know what, it doesn’t hurt (that much) to entice the strapping gentlemen with a harder setting and real dude yoga teachers. Besides, we happen to know some jiu-jitsu-ers and they’re pretty compassionate fellows who support each other in their own community, where they can be themselves and feel at home. And it doesn’t have to be gay OR girlie. Doesn’t yoga lend itself to that, or really any kind of culture?
What it truly boils down to is, call it whatever you want big guys!
ps. and maybe not all women enjoy the stench of burning incense and ooey gooey purple overkill. So there. You might notice some of those gals in the Y4F class.