First off, Trophy Yogis? Really, NY Post? Way to demoralize and insult an entire professional demographic, whittling yoga teachers down to inferior golddigging blingy-mudra’d arm candy. (we warned of a rant). This story on said “trophy yogis” with ginormous diamond rings (obvs. see pic) could have focused on the increase of hedge-funders more actively seeking spiritually compatible companions or how millionaires, CEOs, rich dudes and the like are tending to their wellness as much as their bank accounts.
But, no they chose to point to “decidedly firm butts” “toned arms” and the sultriness of when the yoga teacher’s “skin glistens with sweat and their breath intensifies” in class, rendering them utterly irresistible to wealthy male students. “No wonder men are falling for yoga teachers,” we’re told. Have the media all decided yoga classes are big orgies or what?
OK, we agree, yoga teachers are damn sexy. Whether women or men, we often find our teachers to be confident, thoughtful, compassionate and deeply inspired and empowered human beings, which undoubtedly, is a major turn on. This is clearly what Bentley Meeker, owner of a multi-million-dollar lighting firm, found when he met madame yogstress Elena Brower. Bentley is, indeed, a wealthy man who finds comfort in the honesty of their relationship.
“I can talk to her about lighting—and enlightenment,” he says. “I can tell her my deepest [secrets] and that gives me the freedom to tell the truth.”
Did you hear the part about her hot ass and perky breasts? We missed it too. We’re also pretty sure Ms. Brower, newly-freed studio owner and queen of mass yoga events, is doing quite all right for herself. As much as it’s an insult to female yoga teachers, save for this quote, male students are painted as downward facing horndogs who can’t handle a yoga practice without erecting more than their spines. The bright side (we’re positive yogis after all) is that there are more people doing yoga, including rich single guys, that yoga teachers are hot and that spirituality can be a perfect Yenta.
“If you have a hedge-fund client, it’s a good way to get a big fish,” says Pure Yoga’s Marco Rojas. Nowadays this may be true, and honestly not the worst thing when trying to make a living full-time on yoga gigs. But we like to think yoga teachers have enough practice in viveka (discernment) and self-respect to look past the shiny lure to divine the fishes or the pond scum.
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