Is Acro Yoga Exhibitionist?

Via elephant journal
on Jul 3, 2011
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Yoga as Performance, or Yoga as Practice.

Among the top yoga videos of this month? An everyday perv films a yoga lady’s crotch. Feel free not to watch (life is short, your time is better spent):

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Still, the question remains: in a public park, with children playing, can’t we dress a bit more appropriately? There was a gent in my yoga class who liked to do forward folds in Verve shorts that, sadly, had a bit of a gap around the crotch. Our teacher, Billy, asked him to wear more appropriate attire. But this is another situation altogether—this yogini is going to a park with some yoga friends, most likely, for the express purpose of acroyogaing about. Let’s think twice, next time, shall we?


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29 Responses to “Is Acro Yoga Exhibitionist?”

  1. elephantjournal says:

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    Jen Smith I'm not sure what the point was in even wearing pants at that point. Some folks have no shame, or common sense.

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    Ross Grayson Like they don't know…

  2. tanya lee markul says:

    I don't really see the big deal of being able to see her pink undies – perhaps if the camera man didn't feel it necessary to utilise the zoom function no one else would either. :-) :-) Some of those moves are pretty cool!

  3. tomgrasso says:

    I am curious…what makes this yoga?

  4. annoyed says:

    The camera operator's crotch shots are not needed but I don't see anything wrong with what these two are doing, and where they are doing it.
    I am more offended by the snarky, intolerant comments by the author of this post.

  5. Dace says:

    I do not see any problem here. If one is offended that somebody else does not match underwear color, well, one must think again…
    None has a right to declare which yoga is right and which is not.

  6. Mary Lou Ellen says:

    Yet another shameless attempt to get traffic. Wish the owner of this site would grow up. It distracts from the other writers here.

  7. becca says:

    Clearly this woman got dressed not knowing her yoga pants were a bit worn out. NOT A BIG DEAL!! If clothes were made a little better this wouldn't be a problem. SECONDLY- WHO CARES! Shes a talented acrobat and she is still clothed. If she were in a bathing suit, would anyone care – she is fully covered and beautiful. It saddens me to see people making such a big deal about something so minor. If you have a problem with the human form – keep your kids locked up and take away their mirrors.

  8. Christine says:

    I find it interesting that two people playing in a park (I recognize it as sheep meadow and see the lack of attire there often) filled with shirtless men playing Frisbee and scantily clad women in bikinis getting sun tans, are being harshly judged because a girls underwear (that covers more than the bikini's in the park) din't quite match her leggings, rather than admonishing the pervert who decided it was OK to take a zoom lens up that closely. Would the same remarks be made if the perv had zoomed in on the scantily clad breasts of a sunbather???

    I think it is time to let go of the yogier than thou attitude and appreciate the playful nature of their craft. I think it is more shameful that elephatjournal would pull a stunt to raise their ratings in under the false banner of public interest. It is nothing more than shock media and I hope in the future you will be more responsible than to blame the victim of a perverts camera.

  9. elephantjournal says:

    via http://www.facebook.com/waylonhlewis

    Waylon Lewis
    Every week, one thing I put out there gets torn apart in comments. Yoga people loooove to be vicious, as long as they can be anonymous! Help me out in comments, if so inspired? Ouch:

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    Liz L Yr mah bess fren…i mek no bad comints

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    Kristine A It's a tough job posing those deep questions which others see as threatening to their identity. Shaky ground often yields aggression. My empathy to you Waylon – remember that people are going to love & hate you for the same reasons, so you might as well be yourself and do what you do best: shine some light and see what shows up. oxo

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    Dylan Barmmer Keep doin yo thang, man…These Peeps need to wake up to The Truth…

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    Scott R Without any hope of being anonymous nor vicious, I can say that what you're doing rocks, and real yogis love you and all of your glorious style and irreverance!

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    Betsy H She might be unaware of her worn out crotch area and how it appears in the sun…. Yoga pants kinda suck for this reason. Now in your class with some dude hangin out of his way too small shorts that is a different matter atgthr. Yuck. Kinda like the yellow speedo phenomena of overweight 50 year olds.

  10. ARCreated says:

    as already stated this perv is ridiculous as yoga pants do that. we have a pant check at least twice a week around here…this is a fear of mine as a teacher that I won't know when the darn things have become to thread bare for decency.
    she is dressed appropriately, pants and underwear. I am thinking the only thing that would make this questionable is if she was without undergarments and even then it might still be an innocent mistake. I was at a concert in the park last night and saw things that made me want to grab my step kids and cover their eyes…this would not elicit that response.

    As for the actual question is it exhibitionist? : we cannot determine without knowing their intention. Is it possible these young girls KNOW that they are titillating pervs and that's why they are doing it? possibly. It is just as possible that for them this state of connectedness and hard work is indeed a practice? that as they do these moves they are connecting to the whole of the universe in an even more profound way than those that practice alone? All things can be "yoga" ALL things if practiced w/ intention.

  11. elephantjournal says:

    Keith M Ouch. I tried to wade into that thread, but you to be honest you kinda dug your own hole there, Waylon. You exploitative, misogynistic, dunderhead. (just so I feel I'm part of that elephant thread). Your responses were skillful, though, and I loved the way you were transparent and authentic but stuck to your guns. (personally, I never mind scantily clad women doing acro yoga in my parks 😉

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    Waylon Lewis
    I definitely dug my own hole, but as Tobye noted in his kind comment, I stated flat out that this was one of the most popular videos on the whole planet that mentioned yoga last month, and therefore was worth contemplating from pov of what …we're putting out there, how we're connecting with larger world. The question I got from it had nothing to do with perving out: rather it's is yoga performance, vanity, exhibitionist? I certainly see plenty of eager yoga doers showing off yoga-doing photos for their FB profiles, etc. Or, is yoga like meditation, a practice? I see very few Buddhists or Integrallers showing off their meditation pose on FB, by way of contrast.See More
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    Betsy H Interesting point Waylon. It is kinda sad/pathetic that "yoga" is something that has become yet another americanized thing. McYoga? I still hold out hope tho for those searching that there are enough grounded practioners feeding some truth to those newcomers. Thanks for keeping the focus straight.

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    Keith M
    I've always maintained that yoga, as practiced in the States, is not really contemplative at all — it's not really even very "spiritual", at least from a Buddhist perspective. How does it teach true, penetrating spiritual insight, beyond …ego? For most, it teaches high subtle energy stuff, where there is always an "I" that has a great experience on the matt, not a radical experience of no "I", no matt, just simple and beautiful Emptiness. Are there exceptions to that? Of course. Are there many exceptions to that? Not that I've seen.

    And to your second point — I would say acro yoga IS performance and exhibitionist, by its very nature. Yoga proper, not so much, but it depends on the practitioner. (like that dude in hot pants in your class, showing a little too much "chi" – and god knows, i've had trouble more than once concentrating in a yoga class because the girl in front of me's pants are so tight, there is nothing left to the imagination, for which I am at once grateful and annoyed.)

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    Dylan Barmmer To me, Yoga is a moving meditation. I can't really sit still long. Literally and figuratively. It's a great de-stressor too. Women in tight pants only make it more Awesome and Powerful. The best classes aren't too McYoga/Preachy, and not too McGym either. Balance…

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    Eileen K Sounds like yoga practice is working for you, Keith….!

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    Vanessa K http://classinthecity.com/​2011/07/06/ask-an-in

  12. Ryan says:

    Scroll back and look through all the comments. That’s a lot of expended energy. I don’t know what is and what isn’t yoga, but no matter what these people are wearing they are certainly using thier energy in a more positive and productive way than arguing in a comments. I suspect if the label of “yoga” was removed entirely from this conversation it would not be nearly as controversial. Let’s not make yoga a religion.

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  14. Patrick says:

    I was more interested in the guy sitting there with his cellphone…

  15. hsheng06 says:

    So, why in a park where children play around?

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