Best yoga video you’ve seen for a long time.

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on Jan 14, 2013
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Meghan Currie‘s Yoga Videos: click here for more.

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My kind of yoga video is more about the present moment, about the heart, about our yearning to break through from being stuck and claustrophobic and to apologize and connect and be genuine and live and love and caress and…my kind of yoga video is beautiful, less about views and instruction and more about feeling life breathe through us.

That’s what I need: I need more than marketing and PR and social media and less than what most famous yoga teachers offer: I need real, fun, raw. Touch the earth.

Stunningly, Searchingly, Peacefully Beautiful. Watch in HD, it’s way more better:

Filmed at the epic Magnific Rock in Nicaragua. madly in love with this place. MUSIC: LIGHT by Dr Toast


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113 Responses to “Best yoga video you’ve seen for a long time.”

  1. lynntofu says:

    Check out the other Meghan Currie videos on youtube. They are amazing!

  2. wadingbarefoot says:

    That was deeply inspiring, thank you.

  3. Valarie says:

    Thank you. I really enjoyed the video. Very inspiring.

  4. Jess says:

    This is lovely, really lovely except why do the "really great" yoga videos always have a woman wearing hardly anything? I just watched a really beautiful yoga video of one of my teachers and she was fully clothed and it was just as inspiring as this one is. This is a personal preference I guess and not meant to take away from the stunning beauty of this piece and all of Megan's pieces but I guess I get tired of watching half naked people do yoga (and I am quite aware its my choice whether or not to watch). Again, not meant to provoke anyone, just a general wondering.

    • elephantjournal says:

      Post it up! share what you love.

      We've posted literally hundreds of videos of yoga of, say, men, or "fully clothed" women.… etc But, in any case, beauty is as beauty does–whether male, female, on the beach, or in the yoga studio, it's all about the practice and intention behind it. Here's one that comes to mind in the Meghan Currie-ish way–it's not yoga, but it's equally inspiring. And it's of a man. Last time I watched it, with a few girls, they talked about how cute he was the whole time, just fyi..!

    • Jess says:

      Because she is in Nicaragua…it's not as heck there. I just was there with her as my teacher in Nov. and man that girl will do yoga for hours on the beach alone. Everyone there lives in swimwear its the tropics.

    • Bhavani says:

      yes this was what I was thinking it does deviate the beautiful energy that the movements portray. In fact I remember seeing a Tai Chi sequence and it was awe inspiring as the practioner was wearing a very soft silky material that as she moved gave the illusion of water flowing.

    • evolyn says:

      what is wrong with nakedness? there are wild tribes out there wearing nothing..women, elderly people and all…the idea you are advocating with clothes is just rotten mentality of abramahic religions. revealing beauty of human body is just a normal thing, why to hide? are you a pervert which can't control his mind, turning on by just material? you are just a shame of humanity. and i'm atheist

    • Alexandria says:

      Because the naked female form is so incredibly beautiful and should not be shied away from. It should be liberated and celebrated. Its beauty should not diminish because part of society uses it cheaply or because some women feel inferior and insecure when they they compare themselves to such a radiant woman – rather than just appreciating the radiance of that woman without comparison. I think it is sad that a person could not watch that and just be in awe of the beauty of the female body – I ask you then, why do you think the body must be covered and clothed to be authentic (as it would seem you are indicating)?

  5. nannyg says:

    umm, what? Truly sorry that this video unearthed hatred toward women for you. That video IS yoga. It was lovely.

  6. kmacku says:

    It doesn't become yoga when you can do it. Every yogi has things they cannot do. Do those things universally become not-yoga? Because then the sages have lied, because I'll be working on supta kurmasana and the rest of the Primary Series I've not gotten down yet for a solid 10-15 years (if I'm dedicated enough to get it at all). Are you about to tell me that the Primary Series is not yoga?

    • Vision_Quest2 says:

      I think you have to have a sense of somewhat mastery, to be able to feel already supported by your practice. Why try for the 5-Diamond slope when you are on the bunny trails? Even if after years … does not make practical sense, and does not support continued practice …

      Why have to look that far ahead?

      Why not – particularly after a certain age, stick with what you know, with some room for expansion (if possible)?

      I'm Western – I'm a yoga wimp and proud of it. The concept of tapas is not even recognized by certain yoga styles. So, can the concept of mudita be far behind?

      • kmacku says:

        I'm not sure you understood that I was replying to Joe's question. Or did you, and I simply am misunderstanding what you're saying?

        The question on the table is: is what Meghan doing "yoga"?

        • Vision_Quest2 says:

          It's yoga, but IMHO, possibly inspiring only to newbie beginners, fellow/sisters advanced yogis, and maybe triathletes, gymnasts, the young/strong/thin/fit or other endurance athletes who want to get deeper in yoga ..

          It's yoga AND (not but) uninspiring to ME … not saying it should be uninspiring to anybody else.

          I've given up being intimidated by displays because I don't want to leave yoga … and my next class will be in an old school hatha studio …

          • kmacku says:

            Lovely! Though I find the term "newbie" to carry a slightly judgmental connotation (I played video games for years).

            I for one am quite inspired, not by her ability (though formidable), but just the sheer fun she has doing the routine.

          • Vision_Quest2 says:

            Well, that's a great way to look at it.

  7. elephantjournal says:

    Whoah–I didn't get that, Joe. I felt like the above was emotional, beautiful, inspiring, almost spiritual. But, each to his or her own.

  8. Krishna says:

    Yoga is a combination of all eight limbs, asana, yama, niyama, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, leading up to samadhi. Just by watching this video, how can any one say whether she is advanced in yoga? Aesthetically very pleasing, seems like dance.

  9. @Stew_Law says:

    Yoga can never touch the lyrical magic of ballet or dance – not even close. As a movement activity, yoga is just way too structurally limited. Even top-notch hooping is more spectacular. Nothing in yoga calisthenics ever approaches the breath-taking exuberance of these other forms.

    Not that these calisthenics can't be aesthetically pleasing. They can be. The first two minutes here are enjoyable, though hardly innovative. However, the entire presentation is marred by the decision to artificially speed up the action after minute 2. Whatever quiet poetry was lurking in her movements was completely lost in this manic pacing.

    Time for a do-over.

    • Vision_Quest2 says:

      … Nothing in yoga calisthenics more than approaches the grace, power, passion and honor of a martial arts kata … (and I'm not even a fan of martial arts) …

      Moreover, time lapse cinematography is so three years ago … slight slow-motion would have been better … and better marketing, too, for the uninitiated … since this instructor is on a bunch of online instruction sites and does workshops, retreats, etc. … the usual yogi rockstar stuff …

    • Sabrina says:

      Ever try enjoying things for what they are?

      Maybe she wasn't trying to make the most amazing video in existence… or one that would suit your personal interest best?
      Maybe she is just doing what she loves? I for one, respect that.

  10. "But I know she, along with all women, get a lot of reward for being able to do these poses in a sensual titillating way. That's what life is about for women–being thin with nice breasts and getting guys to want to f*** you."

    Wow, congratulations! You've finally figured out what life is about for all of us silly women. None of us aspire to being successful or educated anymore. We just want to look hot and have men pay attention to us.

    Seriously? This isn't yoga? Most yoga practices have an elegance or sensuality to them in some way. Meghan is a sweetheart and I always love watching the joy and playfulness she brings to her practice. The rest is your projection.

    • @Stew_Law says:

      Actually, what you just said is also just your projection, or actually your own version of a stereotype – women are just bundles of joy and it's men who have those thoughts about us. I's positively Victorian.

      "Being hot and having men pay attention" is not inconsistent with other "female" goals. For many women, if you got it you flaunt it, and frankly it's interwoven in most of what you do. Others are more demure.

      Meghan can bring joy and playfulness to her practice anytime – but shamelessly marketing herself with EJ's imprimatur isn't just about joy and playfulness anymore.

      He can cop to his projection, you can cop to your utter disingenuousness.

      • ForTheLoveOfMovement says:

        Errr… I'm not a pro on EJ posts or anything, but I don't believe Meghan posted this. It looks like EJ found it and posted it themselves – so perhaps we shouldn't jump to say 'shamelessly marketing herself iwth EJ's imprimatur.'

        What if we all just saw this for what it is, one woman's expression of art through movement? We can all see in it what we want, and then remember ~ what we see outside is simply a reflection of what's happening inside ourselves.

        One love people. One love. Go easy on yourSelf.

        ps. I love you

        • Vision_Quest2 says:

          Let me reduce this and similar arguments to the absurd, which they deserve.

          Do you honestly think if you were a yoga teacher, that viewing videos such as these would attract advanced beginners (even after years of regular practice) such as myself, who primarily practice yoga at home to your studio, by the numbers (in time lapse mode)?. Or even if they did the socially sanctioned thing, and "went to yoga" primarily — (and had negligible home practice), they would defect to your studio right quickly in time-lapse mode … ?

          What's happening inside me is a perception of getting rooked!

          In time lapse mode.

          If this was not meant for marketing purposes, then why bother?

          Anyway, I'm just a tad bitter right now that my health precludes me from practicing yoga like I had … because it's been a love .. nearly as much as pilates.

  11. rethink says:

    what is the message? megans other video "No Pants" whats that about, much the same as the exquinox video with Dice's wife? in her lingerie…. really blurring the edges of yoga elephant journal! Isnt this a blog about yoga, this video should be on vogue or maybe madonna would to snip it into her latest comeback pop hit.

  12. Gerry Ellen says:

    i kept pausing many of the poses b/c I wanted to see if I could incorporate them into my own home practice! So inspiring. Always worth a try. Great music accompanying the video as well. Stellar!!!

    • Vision_Quest2 says:

      I do repetitive camatkarasana (a.k.a. "Wild Thing" or "Flip Dog") with Dawnelle from the podcast … (I'm a fan of the fusion yoga practice) –it sure doesn't look anything like how Meghan does it–and I'm sweating bullets, caving and flopping (don't anybody take a video) out of breath. Certainly not going for the full class length … (Thankfully, "Dawnelle" doesn't care). The next day, my sacrum hurts. Once one has been practicing regularly for a few years as I have, you get beyond the overawed stage … Sometimes, you even can know you may not be going there … for an infinitely long time …

  13. elephantjournal says:

    Via Facebook:

    Steven J: Yoga rarely makes an entertaining video, but when it does expect a down dog or two

    Robert Reeve III i need to start doing yoga

    Amanda Ekström Very inspiring! Interesting presentation!

    Pallavi S BEAUTIFUL….

    Marie R That was so beautiful,and inspiring.I teared up a bit.Thanks for sharing

    Belinda Migue makes me want to move! in more ways than one. thanks for sharing aimee – that girl's beautiful like you! cheers.

    Shawn M Flot Whaaat?

    Erin Argon C awe inducing.

    Dana Carter wow…..ow

    Sherri Jalovecky-Dujmovich Whoa! Amazing!!!!

    Bob Frydenlund oh my

    Adam H Excellent demonstration, but when people tell me that they can't do yoga because they're not flexible enough…

    Lisa Cholomitis T stunning

    Mollie Haddigan M Insanely gorgeous!

  14. Well, I thought the video was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! … Excellent job, Meghan!!!

    [CAUTION: I just read the post about writing for Elephant Journal and about letting go of concerns about what people think about what I'm saying. So here goes! … ]

    Reading the Comments, however, brings up a lot of interesting Stuff, some in me but especially for some of the Commenters here. It's too bad people cannot just take things for what they are and enjoy the performance … and if Meghan gets a little self-promotion out of it, NO PROBLEM with ME!

    And as Joel Kramer once said, often times, what YOU say about ME tells me a lot more about YOU than about me. So what some people are saying about Meghan's video probably is more revealing about the person doing the commenting than it is about Meghan. (One aspect of mental yoga would be becoming more aware of and unraveling our own projections, insecurities, dissatisfactions, etc. about what others are doing or saying.)

    On another hand (and this is MY stuff), I've often said that yoga teachers or advanced practitioners, when they are so flexible and demonstrate such deep, seemingly (for some) unattainable postures, a few things come up for me:

    1.) SOME people, such as beginning students, are inspired. Yet many others are intimidated to the point they might not even try, giving up on yoga before they even start. Because …

    2.) Some people are just more naturally flexible, and such postures and movements come easily to them. They often cannot relate to the challenges of less flexible people. For many newer or less flexible students, if they believe "doing yoga" is about how deep into the posture they can get — rather than just a nice by-product — then they'll very often get discouraged, and won't even try. That's why I recommend yoga teachers NOT do too much "demonstration" of really deep or extreme postures unless they REALLY know their students are not intimidated by such performances. That's ALL students in a particular class because you don't want even ONE student blowing out on this because …

    3.) A lot of yoga injuries come from people trying to get into these postures before they are ready. So "inspiring" people (even if unintentionally) to go Too Deep, Too Fast, Too Soon, can be VERY harmful to them. Just telling beginners or highly competitive people to "go easy," or "listen to their body" or "be gentle with yourself," or whatever, is almost meaningless to them. They will subconsciously try to mimic their teachers or classmates physical movements whenever possible. So many of them are literally setting up neuro-musculo-fascial battles in their own bodies, with negative results that might not show up till weeks, months or even YEARS later.

    4.) SO, IF — and yes, it's a big if — if you think of yoga, at least in part, as a way of challenging and dissolving your pscho-physical limitations in life (rather than how deep you can get into the physical movements), then the "yoga" is more about what are/were the bodymind experiences the person demonstrating the postures went through to get where they are? THAT is what is most interesting to ME about watching someone else do yoga. But some people doing these really awesome demonstrations never really had much to challenge, because they were so flexible already. So the next question is …

    4.) Is yoga about what the outer form LOOKS like — as in seeking the alleged Perfect Alignments certain systems are driven by — OR is it about the degree of Attention and Investment of Mental & Emotional Energy (Inner Awareness) invested into the nerves & muscles of the body, as they actually are in that moment, in such a way that the myofascial tensions dissolve enough to allow your body to move that way? … (I personally believe the quest for Perfect Alignment is one of the great tragedies of yoga. But that's another conversation.)

    • In case that seemed an abrupt ending, I had to continue my post in the next post. I didn't think to put "continued next post" at the end of first one.

    • Vision_Quest2 says:

      Alignment, if not pursued extremely obsessively, has its uses in my practice. There are energy lines to consider that proper and high-degree (not even necessarily perfect) alignment facilitates. Not everybody practices vinyasa or ashtanga. In my slower-flow practice, alignment is crucial. And I will give props to any studio that will emphasize alignment without going to the extreme that Iyengar yoga does.

  15. [SORRY, the web-gizmo said I wrote too much, so it asked me to split my comment into two parts, so here is the ending to my first post.]

    For ME and what I'm interested in from doing yoga (and from my training with Joel Kramer), the degree of flexibility, or ability to achieve the so-called Perfect Alignment, is nearly irrelevant to my yoga practice. They are guidelines and by-products, nice when they happen, but having little to do with the actual inner-processes involved in the practice. Yes, doing yoga effectively should, over time, bring one deeper into the postures, and proper alignment should at some point emerge, but if we have that be The Objective, some inner-connection gets lost, and we open ourselves to injuries.

    So for me, if Meghan started with a really stiff and tight body, or with injuries that needed to be overcome, that would produce a different response in me regarding her "Inner Yogic Reality" than if she were just naturally flexible & well coordinated. And I would be more interested in learning more about yoga from someone whom had to really work at that process than someone who was a "natural" with no real challenges to get there.

    HOWEVER, regardless of how Meghan got there, the physical performance itself was Beautifully done — just the way it was — just as if I were watching a ballet or ballroom dancers. I did not need any deeper meaning to appreciate it.

    And yes, I love looking at the female form, so the fewer clothes factor adds to the interest for me. But it is not, by any means, the main focus or necessary to get my attention.

    • Vision_Quest2 says:

      I think I'm in better noetic shape than many of the gumbies of the world, particularly given the regularity and authorship of my own practice; quite a bit less so for meditation as compared to the meditative monks, which I've done lengthily and regularly for even more years.

      Believe me, it is SOOOOO easy to feel it, and get the psycho-spiritual benefits (and maybe even more physical, aerobic benefits thrown into the mix as long as I control for a too-drafty apartment–though I do not do well in absolute heated vinyasa …) …

      Meanwhile, the gumbies have to stretch into tomorrow, to invert constantly, to fling their bodies as if in a gyroscope just to feel ANYTHING. it's kind of like how. in general, an overweight person will burn more calories doing the same aerobic activity at the same speed as a much lighter person.

      On the other hand, some people started with exceptionally high degrees of athletic coordination but not much flexibility … and others (like me) who started with some small bit of flexibility and just a little bit of athleticism …

      I suspect Meghan Currie had been heavily involved in dance or acrobatics/contortion before becoming a yoga teacher …

  16. Royaloil says:

    So what you're saying Joe, is that this video turned you on,… And I suppose being turned on made you feel uncomfortable? I used to practice a downward dog pose in my backyard to stretch out my back, it felt great for me and really helped with my back pain. My boyfriend at the time got it in his head that I was inviting the neighbor to come have sex with me which couldn't actually have been further from my mind. This is the same kind of unhealthy projection/delusion you are experiencing. For a woman (or anyone) practicing yoga, it is an internal process, as is meghans practice above, although it may appear to certain people sexy or beautiful or even show off, whatever, if her goal was just to be admired, she would never go to the extended effort of perfecting this form.
    Is it upsetting for you that the female form is naturally beautiful? wow! what a grim way to be in the world. I suggest some nice relaxing grounding joint movements and a slow nurturing massage with some marjoram oil to calm and sooth your agitated senses. Bless

    • leslie crockett says:

      I believe you have exactly what his problem is. It is also off putting to have ones practice reduced to a sexual turn on, in the minds of others. It was not to the, ridiculous extent of your former boyfriend, but I found that I stopped doing my yoga, when my husband was around b/c he could not seem to resist commenting on how 'sexy,' the downward dog was. I'm Aspergers and self conscious, to begin with. These comments just wreaked it, for me.

  17. OleManJake says:


  18. Meghan says:

    It's not yoga. She can do advanced postures. Can she sit silently? Advanced postures is not ANY indication of any actual spiritual progress and yoga is preparation for spiritual attainment not an end in and of itself. Enjoy it all you want but let's not confuse exhibitionism with yoga. Yoga is not something done for display. Sorry. Inspiring as it may be. Yoga is all together something else.

    • Lindsey says:

      Okay – then this is an incredibly beautiful, moving, inspiring demonstration of ASANA.

      Regardless of what you call it, I have an inkling that your issue with the video has nothing to do with what yoga is or is not. Who are any of us to judge the journey of someone we do not know? Or anyone, for that matter? I have observed on this site's comments that many of the people who discuss whether something is or is not real yoga do so with judgment, and themselves demonstrate an utter lack of the qualities one would expect a practitioner of yoga to possess: selflessness, compassion, acceptance, and most aptly: the absence of envy. Why not focus on your own journey, enjoy beauty where you see it, and expend less energy on judgment?

    • There is a very good book on exactly this topic – it's callled the Perfection of Yoga and addresses the actual intrinsic and indisputable essence of yoga – not what the West has come to it as… I believe that there is a quote about the fact that if Yoga were only about the asanas, then every circus person and gymnast would be a yogi…. This is why I don't to classes and sit and meditate to the point that I am guided to the postures as and when I am ready.. Too many people out there teaching yoga from the point of ego when the essence yoga is the accompanying philosophy which bring union with spirit and dissolution of ego…. Yogis shouldn't be charging for their (incomplete) teachings and all students should read (and understand) Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads…

  19. Kallie says:

    Okay… so in fear of retribution I say this: 1) The videography was beautiful, 2) the clouds were beautiful, 3) the sand was beautiful and tricky looking , 4) you were beautiful, 5) your suit was beautiful, and 5) loved the beautiful people walking by too! It takes heart and inspiration to make so many beautiful things appear in one short video 😉 Yoga is this and yoga is that and blah blah blah. Seriously, can you really define yoga? Is it, in its essence definable? Take a moment and try to enjoy something amazing and that brings up certain "emotions" without defining, labeling, and the berating it. *jeeze*

    • Kamala says:

      Not to comment on the video – it was beautiful regardless of the oh so tired 'is it or is it not yoga' – who really cares. Pretty asanas done in time lapse … meh. Calisthenics, but I don't really care because I loved it.

      To comment on your post though, Kallie, YES YOGA is in its very essence definable. And has been very aptly defined by one 'Patanjali' as in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – those very terse aphorisms defining yoga and the path to attaining yoga. The definition is set in I.2 of the Samadhi Pada "Yogah cittavrtti nirodah" – "Yoga is the suspension of the fluctuations of the mind" and then in Sadhana Pada II.29 "yama niyama asana pranayama pratyahara dharana dhyana samadhayah astau angani" – restraints, observances, postures, control of the inner breath, sense withdrawal, concentration, meditation, and samadhi are the eight limbs" II.46 "sthira sukham asanam" – "posture must have the two qualities of firmness and ease" II.47 "prayatna saithilya ananta samapattibhyam" – "Posture is then when effort ceases and meditation occurs" II.48 "tatah dvandvah anabhighatah" – "in asana there is no assault from the pairs of opposites" … and so on. There are heaps of great books in english elucidating on the Sutras.

      Given this, do I believe this video is yoga…. there is no way for anyone to tell whether Meghan Curry has suspended the fluctuations of her mind. Her postures do appear to be both firm and accomplished with ease. Who knows if she has ceased effort and attained meditation in asana. But hey! She has a rocking bod and makes the series flow like breath through her enviable limbs. The water is soothing. And to be honest, most of the time I was watching the clouds.

  20. Klee says:

    Meghan loves attention. She tries so hard to come up with a video that will get as much attention as the Equinox video with Briohny. Okay Meghan, we've seen you. Now go practice in the privacy of your home and try to let go of that ego of yours. Namaste.

    • Vision_Quest2 says:

      Yes and no. I see her as a self-mortifying tapas addict. Kind of like the Ana Forrest of the Yoga Journal Conferences (sorry to bring this up in light of the current controversy), not even bothering to use her feet to a standing up on her mat. All arm balances and inversions for Forrest at age mid-50s …

      But since Meghan's a teacher, she's trying to attract rank beginners with all the flash and panache she could muster ..

      I don't really think anyone is trying to be a Briohny … at least not for lack of trying in these trying days of the "Fad " passing

    • Jess says:

      Have you met her? By your words and opinions I will guess no. She is a beautiful person and amazing teacher. Yoga requires one to hone in on ones drive to judge others and reflect on why it is necessary to think these things, and then shift.

  21. Jessica says:

    she is inspiring!! she is fun! and its hot in Nicaragua where I think she was doing a 200hr – hence the bikini. The no pants is a Vancouver 'thing' – big deal, and no deal. you guys are so trollish. ugh. chill out and enjoy.

  22. Amy says:

    You are a very preachy crowd. I bet the classes you attend, or (dear god) teach are buckets of fun. Go shake it off with some breath of fire! Mean mean mean.

  23. devacat says:

    It's the time-lapse that makes this a travesty. She has a lovely practice. Why not show it in real time, where yoga happens?

  24. Erin says:

    I think all of the above statements are from people who likely aren't having fun period. Yoga can be a quiet mediation, it can also be a moving joyful expression. It individual and by all means, keep it on the straight and narrow. You dont see Meghan (and the like) telling you off about it. I might also state the obvious- I wish I was that confident and comfy in my skin to enjoy my practice in a bathing suit. The time lapse is artistic as well. Take a peek at YouTube- she gets a lot of love and appreciation – two words that are a far cry better than most of what I find in the comments in here. Why is a woman that arouses us a target for such negativity? Does it make you all uncomfortable, or somehow, not feel as beautiful? In any case – be grumpy, hurtful, insulting – it makes your practice far more superior (sarcasm, got that?)

    Rock on Meghan- your videos, flavour of yoga and taste in music are tops! Keep posting – you are a joy to watch.

  25. Kajal says:

    Whoa. What I just watched was a lovely display of asana, on a beach. I am so surprised that it caused a commotion of what is or is not “yoga”. How can one person tell any other person that their asana practice is not “yoga”, because it was practiced on a beach in a bikini? Some people here need to do more “yoga”, whatever that means to them.

  26. Kamala says:

    The video was beautiful regardless of the oh so tired 'is it or is it not yoga' – who really cares. Pretty asanas done in time lapse … meh. Calisthenics, but I don't really care because I loved it.

    But I can understand why people are finding it so necessary to judge whether it is or isn't yoga. So many people here have so many different ways that they define yoga, so I thought I'd bring it back to the source of our modern yoga….

    'Patanjali' as in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – those very terse aphorisms defining yoga and the path to attaining yoga.

    The definition is set in I.2 of the Samadhi Pada "Yogah cittavrtti nirodah" – "Yoga is the suspension of the fluctuations of the mind" – simply put and VERY clear.

    and then in Sadhana Pada II.29 "yama niyama asana pranayama pratyahara dharana dhyana samadhayah astau angani" – restraints, observances, postures, control of the inner breath, sense withdrawal, concentration, meditation, and samadhi are the eight limbs" II.46 "sthira sukham asanam" – "posture must have the two qualities of firmness and ease" II.47 "prayatna saithilya ananta samapattibhyam" – "Posture is then when effort ceases and meditation occurs" II.48 "tatah dvandvah anabhighatah" – "in asana there is no assault from the pairs of opposites" … and so on.

    There are heaps of great books in english elucidating on the Sutras if anyone is actually interested in learning instead of judging.

    Given this, do I believe this video is yoga? …. there is no way for anyone to tell whether Meghan Curry has suspended the fluctuations of her mind. Her postures do appear to be both firm and accomplished with ease. Who knows if she has ceased effort and attained meditation in asana. But hey! She has a rocking bod and makes the series flow like breath through her enviable limbs. The water is soothing. And to be honest, most of the time I was watching the clouds.

    So in conclusion… for all those so quick to anger and use aggressive judgments. what the [email protected] difference does this video make in your life? why do you really care? Perhaps you need to just start with the yamas and niyamas – particularly ahimsa, sauca and santosha… and start working on your own yoga (the cessation of fluctuations of your own mind).

    Om Shanti

    • Vision_Quest2 says:

      Santosha … certain in the knowledge that this video will be considered a relic 100 years from now … when people may be doing yoga in zero gravity for real … and neither be the strongman nor the suspended …

    • Mermaid70 says:

      Umm telling people to not be quick to anger and use aggression while saying "what the f" is a bit contradictory. You were borderline hostile in the last paragraph, which made me cringe when you wrote Om Shanti.

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  28. TamaraLee says:

    Well, I think it's a great video.. Really moving. And it makes me sad that people have to project their negative energy onto something so beautiful. For anyone who thinks this isn't yoga – who are you to decide what yoga means for anyone but yourselves? Yoga isn't about judgement and to make such harsh judgements on someone else's practice shows you are obviously really confused about yoga.

  29. Agnieszka says:

    Very beautiful, graceful sequence. To me one of the main purpose of the yoga asana is to release the tension in the body (and ultimately the mind). For those of us who have been practicing for a long time (and consequently become stronger and more flexible) that might mean getting into the advanced postures to achieve that sensation of release. It doesn't always have to mean "I am showing off".

  30. Jenny says:

    Pretty to watch. It's ALL yoga… Just that a part of me is wondering when it became voyeuristic.

  31. Gabriela says:

    My goodness! How beautiful! What an open heart she musht have…

  32. Roemer says:

    First, I would like to say that Meghan is an inspiration. Her videos are works of art. They are entertaining and beautiful, and clearly not intended to be instructional (umm they’re time lapse!). She is doing good for the community by drawing more interest in the practice of yoga, and showing a playful and fun side. PERIOD.

    If you take issue with her clothing, or sexiness or whatever, then you are taking this into the realm of personal. What puts you off about this has nothing to do with Meghan – it has everything to do with you, your judgements and your feelings of inadequacy. Why criticize someone’s ART? It is all too common for people to sit and hurl negativity at someone who is expressing joy. Lets remember to celebrate the joy in others not resent it.

    Thanks Meghan, stay fearless and ignore the critics, they only want you to feel as bad as they do about themselves. We need more people in this world like you!

  33. Judging others is simply a distraction from examining and living up to one's own potential.

  34. Jess says:

    She was in Nicaragua and it is the tropics I was there its swimwear country, the beach lifestyle. She is an amazing teacher and person in real life. A very sweet and authentic spirit she carries. She is very fluid with her practice (as we can all see) and it is even more amazing in person to see how powerful her dedication, practice and teaching is. She is a floating feather yogi and I know she is into yoga to get attention, just the opposite she loves to inspire and man she figured out an amazing way to do it and share it freely with the world. She is a beautiful person inside and out the biggest lesson being a yogi has taught me is to be aware of why you are drawn to judge others. It is not yogic what so ever to rip on people you have never met or even know personally. I think this video has created a mirror for reflection that for sure.

  35. Donna says:

    I did not think quite so much as others when watching this video, just three things, 1) wicked sequencing, 2) amazing yogi and 3) how did her bikini stay on? Have been to a couple of Megan's classes and she's an incredible teacher xxx

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  39. Corrina says:

    Can’t seem to watch the video, (computer issue) but I don’t think that can be too good for her neck in the still photo that starts the article. Forget the camera, remember alignment! A cue to tuck the ribcage to counter the arch in the back would not go amiss here either, however these misalignments make the pose a bit sexier, though definitely not safer, but that’s just me speaking from the body of a ribcage thruster with a bad neck. Those misalignments will make themselves known loud and clear one day.

  40. Allison says:

    speechless on how beautiful this video is. considering ive seen numerous videos of hers and photographs also, she blows me away every time. such a great practice

  41. metalyogini says:

    You know, at first I was thinking, "oh lord, another girl in a skimpy bikini showing off with yoga", but once I started watching the video I found myself just enjoying the form of all her poses and watching the body as a body, not a hot girl in a bikini. Beautiful poses and fluid movement. Certainly something to aspire to if you have that flexibility!

  42. solfulsoul says:

    I mean it is as all things sensual, one can argue the practicality or spirituality of poetry or music or dance or any art but sexuality is inherent in all acts of creativity and expression; it is human nature, but we differ from animals in class and honor and also debauchery and depravity: to each his own.

  43. Joy says:

    Super creative and fun sequencing. And wow- yeh- her vertebrae are well spaced and super flex. But yeh- it's another video of asana in a bikini. Groovy. Inspiring, and just a video clip. Who cares?

  44. Coco says:

    Meghan is a beautiful human being inside and out. She, like all of us, is so much more than what can be captured in a 5 minute video clip, even one as gorgeous as this. Her asana practice is advanced because she works hard at it.

    If you don't know her, you don't really have any authority to cut down her character (or the other 7 limbs of her yoga practice, for that matter) just because she's wearing a bikini at a beach.

    Come on, internet people, see what it feels like to say something nice about someone! It might even help you feel better about yourself.

  45. Lia Dempsey says:

    I consider myself a feminist and I don’t understand why so many people have to talk about the fact she is wearing a bikini…? It’s not porn for god sake! I literally didn’t even see it as an issue until read these comments. Megan currie is strong, clearly worked extremely hard at yoga and inspires millions to get on their mat and live more harmonious life’s consequently. So there’s some flesh on show we all have it, go to any beach in the world. I believe people just need to be more comfortable with themselves and embrace there bodies and not look at others and judge.

  46. Coco says:

    I know this is the elephant journal and I normally would not be so offensive but Joe that is truly a despicable view of women you have there! Yoga can be described in many different ways, but I believe that it connects the mind with body and allows people to move, breathe deeply and be in the present moment. It allows the soul to truly connect to the vessel its contained in. I think you should try yoga yourself maybe it will help change your ugly viewpoint. And on the point of sex, both men and women behave sexually in society, its natural, normal I think you should probably get over it. Hope you see sense!

  47. Nancy says:

    for all the neg. energy in the above posts, thankfully, there is some balance of pos….she is on a beach, how else should she be dressed? If this were a man on a beach, in a swim suit, not a word would be said 🙂 The asana..just one aspect of yoga. Does she like want attention? I would imagine she all God's creatures do….peace

  48. getitom says:

    This is a lovely video and it's fun to watch, but it does demonstrate the issue of the concentration on the aesthetics of the asanas in yoga. I don't think there is anything wrong with appreciating the way a pose looks, but it seems like more and more that's all people are focusing on. I probably would have never started doing yoga had my impression of it been formed by videos like this–not because this isn't "real yoga" and not because it's not a good video, but because it's really all about the aesthetics of these advanced poses. As a beginner, I think that would have made me feel alienated.

    It's not that I think videos like this shouldn't exist. But it concerns me that I'm seeing so much of this in the media compared to what I'm seeing about the mental and emotional aspects of yoga.

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