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Why Men Don’t Do Yoga

Russell Wilson July 29, 2013 Photographed by Peter yangAn article entitled “Why yoga is still dominated by women despite the medical benefits to both sexes” recently appeared in the Health & Science section of the Washington Post. The author’s overarching theory is that men shy away from yoga studios because they believe ‘myths’ about yoga such as “yoga isn’t a decent workout, that it’s too touchy-feely, that it’s not made for men’s bodies…” etc. The underlying premise of the article is that more men would do yoga if they just knew more about it.

I disagree. The reason more men aren’t going to yoga classes is not because they’re ignorant of yoga’s health and fitness benefits, it’s not because flaky New Age touchy-feely-woo-woo hasn’t been explained to them in a way that’s suitable for their understanding (good luck with that), and it’s not because they have misconceptions about yoga. On the contrary, men are reluctant to take yoga classes on account of a correct conception based on easily observable data: yoga is for women. Continue reading

The Super Bowl Gita

While millions of people are watching the Super Bowl this Sunday I’m going to be studying the Bhagavad Gita… by watching the Super Bowl. Yoga wisdom texts are not for armchair quarterbacks… uh, I mean armchair philosophers: they are filled with instructions about how to actively see and live in the world. So when we try to see the world through the eyes of revelatory texts like the Bhagavad Gita, even something as mundane as a football game becomes an opportunity for enlightenment.

You can associate almost any aspect of a football game with a passage or concept in the Bhagavad Gita. For example, by virtue of the magic of modern technology I’ll be able to watch from afar as two opposing armies, the Giants and the Patriots, align themselves at the edge of a battlefield, prepared for combat. Similarly, Sañjaya, the narrator of the Bhagavad Gita, possessed a mystic power that enabled him to witness the events on the battlefield where the Gita was spoken from a location many miles away. Continue reading