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Power Yoga Teacher Impresses Us in Her Pretty Practice (video)

in Public Display of Yoga, YD News

From the Public Display of Yoga files, aka “ooooh look at that.”

If you’re into tricks and treats feast your ogley eyes on Meghan Currie, a Power Yoga teacher from Canada who dazzles us with her yoga skillz, in her skivvies. It’s part acro, part yoga, part hooping, part dance, part slithering, part performance art and part yogatainment. Enjoy.

Not enough? She has lots more videos…

You may have already seen this living room time lapse.

Meghan takes Manhattan.

See the rest of the pretty Girl in a Red Dress photos at photographer Robert Sturman’s site.

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41 comments… add one

  • Greg

    Ridiculous nonsense. It’s not yoga it’s a circus act. Vulger crap.

  • Bryan

    Yoga Sutra Pada 1 Sutra 33
    By cultivating attitudes of friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and disregard toward the wicked, the mind-stuff retains its undisturbed calmness.

  • Sarah

    I love how she receives such little attention from those around her. “Look at me the girl in the red dress doing a full split on the sidewalk or arm balance in Manhattan” And little more than a glance from almost everyone who walks by-gotta love New Yorkers. I bet the pictures are amazing.

  • VQ2

    They probably think she’s a busker who wants a handout.

    Gotta love life in the big city …

  • Carling

    It looks like shes having fun and she has a beautiful, creative practice. I love that sometimes it doesn’t have to be anything more than that, just fun.

  • Slithering is right. My back hurts just looking at the way she moves.

  • Nolan

    @Greg, the only thing vulgar was your comment.

  • Mr. Nervous Toes

    Meghan is definitely one of the most competent teachers I have ever run across. She has many variations on poses and provides some really novel ways to get into the hardest arm balances and inversions. She’s not scared to borrow from other disciples either, which I think is good.

    Unfortunately she also crosses back and forth across the line between being quirky and endearing and being strange (or in her own words, ‘awkward’). I think if she would drop the sexual innuendo she’d be a better yogi for it, because there’s clearly a lack of mental discipline there.

  • I like this. I think it’s celebratory.

    Is it yoga? I can’t tell. I’ve decided that I can’t tell much about someone’s practice by looking at their style and their asana work. I was in a class for a while with a woman with some significant movement limits. Her warrior 1 didn’t look a whole lot different than her tadasana. She never spoke – and it was a chatty class. I watched her one night and noticed a look on her face that I would describe as bliss. And she always looked like that. Totally focused, totally into it. I started thinking she might have the strongest practice in the group. And then I thought, The showboat gumby girls might have a very deep practice, too.

  • Stewart J. Lawrence

    Wow, I have seen some pole dancers who could put this lady to SHAME. She might try indoor work!

    Robert the photographer was over at Elephant Journal promoting himself and her. Is Yoga Dork starved for material? Or we are witnessing a move toward some kind of cross-branding of the two sites?

    What’s new about this? It’s been on You Tube, yes? It seems like the yoga lumpen-glitterati of New York likes to give itself a lot of free air time!

    Hope you’re getting a percentage of the gross.

    In the meantime, what about reporting on yoga in Iowa or in some other little known place outside the reach of the Big City fashion and modeling industry?

    Or come here to Washington DC and report on yoga for black women who live “across the river” in Anacostia. Big story, actually. Whether the reign of Skinny White Girl yoga may be ending? It’s certainly coming under siege of late.

    This fashion-related yoga meme isn’t even that interesting anymore. It’s just another Marilyn Monroe face on a Campbell soup can.

  • VQ2

    Comparing this gauzy interpretation and manipulation of photographic/cinematographic images to those of the late Andy Warhol, actually gives this art a timeless interpretation it does not yet deserve …

  • Danielle

    Actually, Meghan is a teacher in the big metropolis of Vancouver, British Columbia.

  • VQ2

    Yeah, from Planet Lululemonhead …

  • Amused

    Stewart….rants are funny to an extent, but….you’re starting to sound like the Rush Limbaugh of yoga…..I mean, shrill. Shrill.

  • Stewart J. Lawrence

    Jennilyn –

    You fancy that you have a following of sorts with this site? So why not do something useful?

    Here’s one idea – help organize the campaign to put a broader and more diverse set of faces and bodies on the cover of Yoga Journal.

    The issue has been simmering for years, and there’s been zero movement, and we all know why, of course.

    Look at who the mainstream yoga market is: Aging White Baby Boomers wanting to look and feel more youthful. Plus, hotshot White female professionals. Both groups part of the Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability, known in the trade as LOHAS. Elite, affluent, pseudo-liberal, and “feminist” in an utterly self-serving NIMBY way.

    So do these affluent white women really want to see Black and Latina women — or worse Men, or people who don’t have perfect bods – on the cover of Yoga Journal?

    They don’t, you have to MAKE them. And when they won’t, you picket the magazines offices and SHAME their stupid asses into it. And you’d be surprised, even some of the top staff people there would applaud?

    That’s just one small idea. In the event that Yoga Dork is really more than the Carson Tree Pose.

    This industry needs pushing, cajoling, shaming, and reforming – as well as celebrating – and at some point you’re either part of the solution – or part of the problem.

    So which one is it? I will help.

  • SweetPea

    Thank- you for voicing this. All these videos out there with uber-bendy people performing these poses has been a real issue for me. As a long-time yoga instructor it frustrates me to see this type of yoga shared around the internet as something to aspire to.

    While it is neat to see the body do stuff like that, I feel this emphasis on the bendy body and gymnastics type poses does a disservice to yoga in general. Imagine if the same amount of effort put into accomplishing these acrobatic-type poses was put into working on ourselves, our relationships, etc? Yes, let’s move away from this mainstream, celebration of the young bendy body and broaden the awareness of yoga as something beyond just doing cool stuff with our bodies.

  • VQ2

    Oh, yeah another yoga teacher agrees with you:

    http://bernadettebirney.com/2012/05/being-an-asana-rockstar-doesnt-necessarily-mean-youre-not-an-asshole.html

    My moment of truth came when a yoga class I was in was overtaken by the Kool-Aid drinkers who thought every Body in class had to start using the Yoga Journal pedagogic model …

  • Cathy

    And yet another former Indian yogini speaks out also, the “reign of Skinny White Girl yoga” is definitely making many people fed-up…
    http://earthenergyreader.wordpress.com/2012/05/04/why-i-left-yoga-and-why-i-think-a-helluva-lot-of-people-are-being-duped/

  • Mr. Nervous Toes

    Uhh… you might want to read a little further into that woman’s blog before you claim her.

    Just sayin’.

    “Truth vibrations” and all that.

  • Cathy
  • Mr. Nervous Toes

    Hi Cathy,

    1.) Nobody’s perfect.

    2.) If you deleted the first few paragraphs of that blog it might come across as lucid. However, replacing one type of crazy with a different type of crazy is still crazy. It seems to me that for people’s who’s understanding of the world is built up by New Age BS, that once they realize it’s BS, lack the ability to replace the BS with rationality, and so go find a different type of BS.

    I’m a scientist. It ain’t perfect, but it’s better than lurching from one made-up belief system to another, because it’s better to be skeptical and uncertain. There was a really smart comment on this blog from someone on the Anusara story about how glass half-empty people were necessary because they were good critical thinkers. New age spirituality has too many, “the glass is full,” people for sure.

    P.S. I love that spell-check tries to correct ‘Anusara’ to ‘Uranus.’

  • Cathy

    Anusara—> Uranus! Ha, ha, Classic!
    (P.S never understood the proper pronunciation of Uranus.
    Is it
    A) Urine-us
    B) Your anus?)

  • concerned citizen

    Yes! Let’s reclaim asana! It’s much more than young, bendy white girls in their undies.

  • VQ2

    She (of the undies) is half-Thai. Here in New York City, some Orientals are part of the ruling class, so we still get your point.

    It’s a socioeconomic class issue, not a race issue …

  • Ziggy

    Idiot … orientals are things … not people.

  • Brad

    Don’t be so dickish Stewart.

  • VQ2

    It’s true … someone had the guts to say it. A lady in hair rollers, Nickie Medici …

    “Yoga Journal is now the Vogue magazine of the yoga community”

    http://recoveringyogi.com/the-competitive-edge/

  • Voga Magazine – Truly the Vogue magazine of the yoga community

    http://yogadawg.blogspot.com/2009/10/yoga-magazine-week-voga.html

  • Yoga Life Van

    The timelapse videos offer a refreshing perspective to the ‘flow’ of one’s yoga practice, as well it reveals an engaging segment on the physical efforts of simple to really dynamic yoga postures.

    @Yoga_Life_Van

  • Her practice is an expression of herself. It is beautiful, it might not be traditional but it is hers.

  • Leah

    Yoga Porn!

  • DanielleDD

    I am a 40 something yogi who is blessed to live in the beautiful city of Vancouver British Columbia, where Meghan teaches. I can tell you as someone who is a little over my super bendy prime (well, I try anyhow), that Meghan’s classes are lovely and suited to all levels. I do not get a sexual vibe from her, there is non-asana component to her classes with meditation and breathing, and her sequencing is sophisticated. Yes, she may be a bit awkward, as she calls herself. But really, she is super awesome human being who happens to practice a lot and is particularly gifted. Folks shouldn’t be so judgmental and just be open to the beauty.

  • Mr. Nervous Toes

    Hi Danielle,

    Perhaps my experience has been a bit different, but I would like to share some of the things that I heard Meghan say:

    1. ‘F*ck’.
    2. “‘Sh*t’ isn’t a swear word.”
    3. “Boobs aren’t nudity.” (and she definitely doesn’t believe this one, she’s super-afraid of having an errant mammary)
    4. Joking abut getting high off the vibrations of people smoking weed.
    5. Having vodka shots before the class to build the inner fire.
    6 .Talking about her ‘bush’ as a double entendre.
    7. Joking that her henna-stained hands look like she, “jacked off a carrot.”
    8. Stating that she wants to make a movie about men having yogasms. Again, coached as a double entendre.
    9. Talking about ‘dirty’ movies that she watches.

    If Meghan Currie were a male yogi instructor and said the things she says, he would be creep-shamed into oblivion. Similarly, if she were a beautiful woman, she would be mercilessly lampooned. However, she gets away with it because she role-plays a mischievous pixie very well. Meghan does seem to be easy to empathize with, but it’s still a double standard.

  • DanielleDD

    Well, it sounds like you have had a totally different experience than I have in Meghan’s class. Perhaps I haven’t been to as many classes as you have. See you on the mat, Mr. Nervous Toes.

  • For what it’s worth, I do think the time-lapse videos are inspiring and artsy. She also has some nice instructional videos over at MyYogaOnline, that are worth checking. If you see me in one of Meghan’s classes though, I’ll be disguised in drag, so that I can be one of the girls. Yoga should be fun, not ‘awkward.’

    VisionQuest, my dear, you are far too reflexive in your eagerness to criticize. If Ms. Currie is sponsored by lulu still, they aren’t getting their monies’ worth out of her.

  • DanielleDD

    Now I will be scanning the yoga room for the dude in drag!! How fun! Wonder what studio you go to… See ya at OYFP?

  • VQ

    So, voila, a new movie stereotype is born: the Manic Pixie Yoga Dreamgirl … a.k.a. The Lady in Red (apologies to Rebecca de Mornay who created the role in the movie with Gene Wilder …)

    http://blog.moviefone.com/photos/the-evolution-of-the-manic-pixie-dream-girl-from-audrey-to-zooey/4501519/

    Nobody get insulted now …

  • DanielleDD

    I’m not insulted. Your post just doesn’t make sense, VisionQuest. Also I think it was Kelly LeBrock.

  • Monica

    Does anyone know who the music was by? I loved the song in the top video.

  • Wow, she is AMAZING. Totally inspiring to dive deeper into a yoga practice. Wow. I also love that the NYPD cop car almost stopped her from doing yoga – but what’s he going to say? “You’re not allowed to be doing yoga there, ma’am.” This is great stuff! Love it!

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