Pole dancing and Yoga in the Olympics? We had this conversation (and YD poll, appropriately) back in 2010, and the Olympic Yoga chat way back in 2008. It didn’t happen for 2012, but the crusaders are still afoot. Or is that two feet, over their heads. Well, someone’s in over their heads! Or are they? Could they pull it off for Rio 2016 or 2020?
It’s a funny thing, that competitive yoga. A lot of naysayers claim yoga at its roots was not intended to be competitive. When we hear “now reach around and create the bind” in yoga class we’re glad it’s not! That’s for damn sure. But competing in yoga is not uncommon in the Bikram world, and even in the Indian world, as Bikram will be quick to drop on you like a hot and sweaty potato. Mmm.
Paula Baake, owner of Dancing Mind Yoga in VA, is all about yoga as a sport.
“Let’s bring it on. If it means more people understanding about Yoga and getting to see how beautiful a practice is, why not?” she told an NBC news affiliate.
And who’s to say that some yoga is any less athletic than skeet shooting or race walking?
And pole dancing? That’s athletic, but it’s dancing, like an art, right? Though couldn’t we say the same for rhythmic gymnastics or synchronized swimming? Martial arts?
But, may we propose that just because it’s hard to do or beautiful does that mean it needs to be in the Olympics?
Only time, sweat and Bikram’s loud mouth will tell! We’re just saying hold on tight yogadorks, poles or no poles we could be seeing some more half-naked able bodied acrobatics in the Olympics sooner than we thought.
Olympic Polgi hopefuls? Apparently the yoga and pole dancing combo classes are a thing.
We have another idea though. We see your yoga and pole dancing and raise you a pogo stick!