Did you know…September is National Yoga Month!
I’ve been tossing around a few ideas, thinking of what I wanted to share on my blog to celebrate this and recently came across this video along with a whole lot of debate that kind of surprised me.
First, here’s the video from YouTube. This is yoga instructor Briohny Smyth with her husband, Dice Iida-Klein, demonstrating Acro Yoga.
When I first watched this video, it took my breath away. I instantly loved it.
I was amazed by their strength, especially Briohny’s, along with her calmness and control while doing all these balances and acrobatic poses.
I felt like there is also a beautiful gentleness between the two people, a few times when we see her face, Briohny is softly smiling, appearing relaxed and happy, gazing down at her husband.
This is no yoga I’ve ever done or probably will ever do. I’m no gymnast and don’t have this kind of flexibility but to me, this video does show a true essence of yoga; the combination of calmness and strength, stretching without struggling or forcing, experiencing the power, fluidity and grace of our own bodies.
The issue people seem to have taken with this is that it’s too sexual or that it is using sex to sell yoga.
Around the same time I first discovered this video, I also read a post about it at ItsAllYogaBaby.com Below is a quote from the post:
Will this video capture the imagination of the masses? What more can we say about sexualized yoga advertising – is it art or commerce, objectifying or empowering, beautiful or alienating? Will it drive people to the yoga mat or drive them away from the practice? Does it inspire a disciplined yoga practice or make committed yogis feel crappy about their regular bodies?
You can read the entire article here.
While there is no shortage of sex in advertising in our culture, I just don’t see this video in that light. I do get a great sense of intimacy and love between these two yogi’s and maybe that’s making people uncomfortable.
I don’t see it as super sexual either but I don’t know if that would make me turn away. To me, sex between consenting adults, especially those in love and committed to each other is one of the most natural, beautiful and awesome things we have the honor of experiencing as human beings in our lifetimes. There has to be a lot of trust and understanding between two partners for the type of poses done in this video, two things that are also needed for a happy, healthy relationship.
Lastly, it does not make me feel crappy about my “regular” body. It inspires me, reminds me of the love and grace that we are capable of, our inner and outer strength and the beauty and uniqueness we all posses.
After doing yoga for some time now and feeling dedicated, empowered and in love with this practice, I don’t think a video or commercial would make me not want to do it anymore anyway. If you love working out at the gym every day and you see a commercial for a fitness center with a bunch of uber fit models on treadmills, would it make you not want to exercise anymore?
Seems kind of silly to me but this is all just my opinion.
What do you think? How does this video make you feel – about yoga or about yourself? Do you see the beauty or just another sexualized advertisement?