Just another day in the life. Equinox teacher Briohny Smyth demonstrates, in this hot new marketing ploy, bedroom handstanding skills in her skivvies while her lover (hubby? lucky friend?) snoozes on. Is it sexual? Uh, yeah! That’s not even a question. But it’s Equinox and they’re a sexy company using sex to sell fitness memberships so would you expect something different? We also find it mesmerizing to watch, as we did with the Philip Askew and Lydia Walker elegant yoga ‘dance’ video.
However, here the whole ‘is this art or is this sex’ debate is moot when the editing team has all the answers for us in the butt cheek and belly breathing upshots. (It’s so titillating we’re surprised they didn’t go full breakfast sizzler a la Hot Shots.)
The video’s made the rounds at reddit and a bunch of nerd boy and girl sites because it’s pretty captivating in more than one way.
Here’s the clearly talented Briohny once again wearing a bit more clothing, describing how YOU TOO may be able to impress your houseguest with undie updog to handstand learn the mechanics to build toward the handstand press. Either way it’s bound to improve bedside manner.
In regards to undies, too sexy or are naysayers too prude? What side of the bed do you stand on?
I’m fine with the video. What bugs me is the passionate commentary equating advertising with art. THAT bothers me – a lot.
I didn’t think it was too sexy. It was very pretty & I am envious of the control she has over her body!
Well we know it’s not ART Carol because it’s not in black and white…;)
Ah, What is the line and Where is it drawn? I’ve complained (mostly on other websites) about the sexualization of Yoga and the objectification of women to sell products in yoga-related public spaces. In those cases, it has been clear to me that the primary reason that the pictures or videos were taken was to use sex to sell and use it in ways that appeared incompatible with yogic values (Bramacharya primarily). I have always been conscious of the very positive side of human sexuality as well, and anyone who thinks Yoga has no inherent sexuality is just in denial about human nature. One question I ask myself in situations like this is “Does this feel like porn?” Another would be, “Is this reasonably something that a Yogini might be doing where she is and dressed the way she is?” To me, this didn’t feel like porn. She works as a yoga teacher and was using this video to promote her Yoga studio. She was portrayed doing Yoga in her bedroom (I do that) presumably in the morning (dude still sleeping in the bed behind her). While I don’t look as good as she does in panties and a bra (sports bra – not a “hey look at my tits” bra), I definitely do yoga in the morning in my tidy whities. So, in this case, lets not hate on the girl for being pretty. There is nothing wrong with the human body or even nudity or even combining yoga and nudity. Intent, context and meaning all play a part for the Yogi and Yogini who try to be discerning about values and ethics.
These days I think it’d be more avante garde to do a yoga photoshoot in a sack rather than something skimpy/your swimwear/undies.
She is gorgeous! It’s not too sexy but hopefully sexy enough for those who don’t move their bodies to get inspired.
I’m just psyched about the instructional video she did that you posted! Great tips for building into handstand press. Thanks, YD 🙂
I totally agree with Rebecca! I’ve been working into handstand for a little while now, and seeing the transition broken down was inspirational. So worth it just to have the connection made for me 🙂
As far as the sexy thing: well now that you mention it, I can see where people would see that first, but I was really too busy being blown away by what Briohny was doing to even think about it.
An interview with Briohny about the video…
I totally agree Dayita “I was really too busy being blown away by what Briohny was doing to even think about it” So inspired!!!
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