January 6, 2012

Yoga is Beautiful. {Equinox Video}

It’s also Tough.

Yoga is beautiful. It’s also hard work. It’s breathing through that moment of tightness. It’s getting to the mat. It’s remembering proper, subtle yet vital alignment. It’s staying with whatever’s happening right now, but being gentle with oneself, too:

(Let’s hear it for the core)

This video has been making the rounds of mega-web site Reddit—2 billion readers this year—a site largely populated by young men. And most of the comments? Wow. Mind blown.

Yoga isn’t an “easy,” “girly” “sport.” It isn’t just stretching. It’s this moment, right here. It’s drishti. It’s alignment. It’s sweat. It’s getting to the mat in the middle of an impossible, stressful, hard-to-breathe day. It’s remembering to turn off the light switch and kiss your loved one goodbye for the day and mean it. It’s a deeply “human,” if not Divine, “practice.”


Credits: “Eager to master the arm balance? Equinox’s Briohny Smyth shows there’s no limit to what the artfully honed yoga body can do.



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Brett Nov 11, 2013 7:16pm

When did raw physicality, strength, athleticism, focus and yes, sexuality become a bad combination? What is wrong with the duality of appreciating the talent and dedication of the individual while at the same time appreciating the entirety of the results of that dedication which includes the fact that she looks fantastic? I enjoyed every facet of this video and don't feel dirty admitting it.

solfulsoul Jul 22, 2013 12:26am

I love how there lays a limp and lifeless man in the background…

Julianna Jul 21, 2013 7:45am

As a teenager I started playing soccer, and working on the gym and learned stretching that I use up to this day. I have always practiced yoga without being conscious of it, or learning about yoga… now I see many of the exercises I've always done, people call "Yoga" 🙂

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