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Party tricks!

My friend Kim and I used to make more yoga dates with each other before her work travel schedule and my parenting responsibilities consumed our lives. So the times we can get together and when wine is involved, we do headstands. It’s a fun party trick! Recently, she bought a house, and there’s an unfurnished room that is the perfect space for yoga. Need an empty wall to practice pincha? She’s got a couple! Need some soft open carpet space in case your yoga buzz brings you rolling over? There’s plenty of it! We’re a little goofy like that. Happy Friday!

Is it kosher to bring a baby to class?

There’s this post on Reddit’s r\yoga about someone getting yoga rage because a mom brought a noisy baby to the studio. Details to note: The baby was not crying. The baby was with the dad out in the foyer while the mom was in class. I wasn’t all too surprised by some of the responses since they were along the lines of opinions you’d hear about babies on airplanes or babies at restaurants or babies anywhere that adults prefer not to ever see or hear children. The other responses were attempts at saying this was the true yoga and learning to tolerate and accept things that irritate and make us uncomfortable. It really begs the question. Is it kosher to bring a baby to class? There are a few factors at play here. 1) It depends on the baby. Some babies sleep all day long between eating and pooping and aren’t disturbed by a change of scenery or any noises. Other babies get cranky at the drop of a dime and really need to be …

Who goes to daytime yoga classes during the week?

I work a 9 to 5-ish kind of job, Monday through Friday. That pretty much limits my class attendance to weekends and weeknights after 6 pm, assuming work and familial obligations don’t get in the way. I know some people squeeze in a workout during lunch, which wouldn’t work for me on so many levels. There’s no way I could do a real work out, leave sweating and not be a distraction to myself (and my co-workers) the rest of the day. If you’ve seen me after anything but a restorative class, I’ve sweated through my yoga clothes and look like I’ve just washed my hair. Factor in travel time to and from the studio, and I’d have to take 2 hour lunches to accommodate such adventures. So I wonder. Who goes to daytime yoga classes during the week? Besides celebrities and socialites… Is the stay-at-home-parent population large enough to sustain business? Are these artists? Freelance writers? Other full-time yoga teachers? People who work evening shifts? Do all of the above combined drive the daytime yoga industry? …

How I really feel about partner work

Unless you’re doing acro yoga, the only touching that normally happens in class is a teacher or assistant giving an adjustment. So I’m always a little uncomfortable when the words “Find a partner” come out of the teacher’s mouth. If you happen to bring a friend to class, great. For most people, you’ve arrived solo. Maybe you’ve said a shy “Hi” and “How are you?” to a few people. But ugh… partner work? I’ll give you a few examples of how this partner work has gone down. A few exercises have to do with uncomfortably looking at each other and sharing your intention or a goal or some experience. Eye contact + sharing with a stranger gets about a 2 out of 10 on the I-don’t-like-it scale. In a prenatal class, we got in groups of 3 to help find back relief in a supported warrior III. One person is pulling at the forearms. One person is holding and gently pulling the back leg. And one lucky person asks herself, “When was the last time …

Men: Yoga is NOT just for the ladies

I started reading this book, 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics, and Practice, which is a collection of essays about the state of yoga in the Western world. It’s really fascinating to me how different yoga is over here vs. its beginnings as a men-only practice in India. Maybe all the butt-hugging spandex is squeezing out near-distant memories that even most of our master teachers in the West today are men. Why yoga in the West seems to be a ladies-only practice seems more like a marketing problem to me (said the marketer). Yoga’s gotten heavier coverage in women’s magazines since the ’90s. Then, the fashion industry jumped on this growing opportunity to cater to yoginis with assortments of stretchy black pants and supportive stretchy tops. It doesn’t hurt that all the models pictured for yoga are… well… gorgeous, thin, super fit models that women unfairly compare their own bodies to. So duh. Women have been the target market for yoga this whole time. Men have been so neglected that it’s no wonder they’ve shied away from the practice. …

Sweat etiquette

Dear Yogi who sweats just as much as I do, Please place your yoga mat at least a foot apart from your fellow yogis’ to avoid dripping anywhere else besides your designated space. Maybe leave a little extra room up front for doing poses like Half Moon, where you are “dangling” off the mat. May I also recommend a sweatband to help catch the sweat before it leaves your forehead? An antiperspirant is a must. Not just deodorant that masks the smell, but an antiperspirant. I don’t know how else to say that kindly. The day before class, try to avoid any gas-inducing foods and beverages. Yes, carbonated drinks, beans, broccoli, Fiber One bars, cheese and Tex-Mex will cause extra smells to emit from your body in addition to your sweat glands. (Ever had someone fart in the bathroom while you take a shower? Exactly.) Also, I’d appreciate it if you were more conscious of your limbs whenever there are poses where we’re reaching arms and legs outward toward your neighbors. Nothing is grosser and …

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