With so many types of yoga around, has yoga lost all meaning asks Nuala Woulfe
I was a child of the seventies and eighties but somehow I always knew about yoga. In my child’s mind yoga was some kind of bizarre bendy activity where quiet-speaking adults did slow movements named after pets. As an activity it definitely wasn’t ‘cool’ but it seemed simple enough.
There’s hot yoga, trance dance yoga, mystic yoga, blind yoga, aqua yoga and if you’re in Dublin - you can even give naked yoga a shot, but while yoga used to be about finding inner peace is it now just about fashion - something to boast about to your friends?
In Australia they’ve concocted chocolate yoga, a practice where people drink chocolate then stretch - the combination is supposed to induce bliss, but surely we all know chocolate induces bliss, do we really need to wrap our legs around our ears for extra benefit?
In America yoga and club culture have combined – it’s all about the sun salutation to rock, rap and rave music and Ireland’s heading that way too. Our first yoga rave took place in Dublin in July and in the capital you can now do yoga while working out with weights.
Here in Ireland us non celebs can try pregnancy yoga, post-natal aqua yoga and even baby yoga classes where mum gets tighter abs while baby apparently gets all kind of benefits, including wind relief.
Baby might even win ‘best in class’ when you enrol them in kids’ yoga later on which will help get them ahead for the Olympics – yes, yoga really is mooted for the Olympics! In today’s yoga world competition is key; who’s got the best body, Geri Halliwell couldn’t stop showing us hers, who’s got the best yoga gear, Kate Hudson- co- founder of Fabletics is where all the fashionable get their workout pants, but is competiveness part of yoga? What happened to insight and enlightenment? Has yoga become too flaky?
“In the west yoga is very much aligned with the physical but if you are drawn to something deeper, you won’t settle with just the physical,” he says.
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