How far are you willing to go for your Instagram yoga photos? This image popped up on Twitter bringing with it one simple question…WHY?? In case it’s difficult for you to see, or you can’t believe your eyes, there is a woman doing a handstand in the middle of DC Metro train tracks while a photographer snaps her pic. Why? We had a feeling you’d ask.
NBC 4 reporter Scott MacFarlane tweeted out the photo Thursday evening with the caption, “Yes, the third rail was charged as woman did yoga – and guy took photos – on DC Metro rail track.” The internet, unsurprisingly, erupted in a frenzy of disapproval and disbelief.
— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) April 23, 2015
The image, which is actually taken from security footage obtained by the NBC news team, is part of a larger report on the increasing number of people trespassing onto the DC Metro tracks and the obvious dangers involved. In many of the cases, people are climbing down to retrieve objects that dropped onto the rails (which, by the way, are very much active and in use). But in the case of the yogi, it’s simply to snap a really cool shot to share on social media.
Is the final result really worth it?
Now the police are involved and want to talk to Ms. Bentley and her photographer. But getting in trouble by the authorities is maybe a lot less worse than what could have happened? In case clarification need be made, train tracks are definitely NOT a safe place for anyone to be and certainly not an ideal setting for a yoga photo shoot. The third rail is highly electrified…oh, and you could get run over by an oncoming train. Please do not ever try this. Promise us you won’t.
So, can we stop with the yoga stunts already? Here’s hoping this doesn’t snowball into some silly #yogainextremeplaces photo trend. If you’re an instayogi, please stick with the safe spaces. We hear beaches are pretty nice.