Happy Valentines Day!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Happy Valentines Day!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
And a quote I love:
“When you have come to the edge of all light that you know and are about to drop off into the darkness of the unknown, Faith is knowing One of two things will happen: There will be something solid to stand on or you will be taught to fly.”
It had to happen. Now that there’s Yoga Teacher Barbie, why should Mattel stop there? I have all kinds of suggestions for the next dolls they can add to a whole line of Yoga Barbie dolls.
1. Forrest Yoga Barbie: Barbie does endless abs dressed in a bright top, tie-dyed pants, and wrist supports. Comes with a rolled-up mat.
2. Trendy Yogi: Clad in Lululemon pants, wick-away, bamboo top with matching mat bag. And of course, she’s got her coconut water.
3. San Francisco Skipper: This urban girl on the go has all the gear she needs for yoga in her Whole Foods cloth tote. Includes flip-flops, iPhone, and lower back tattoo.
4. Tight-Hamstring Ken: He’s got the outfit and the props to help his buff, but inflexible bod: athletic shorts, tank top, and realistic beads of sweat. Comes with multiple blocks, strap, and blanket.
5. Shakti Power Barbie: She’s got her ganesha shirt, harem pants, mala beads, and dreadlocks. Singing bowls trance dance CD sold separately.
6. Bikram Barbie: Those skimpy shorts and bra top of hers are hot for hot yoga. Comes with multiple towels. Rolls royce not included.
Do you have other ideas for the Yoga Barbie line?
My brother, Sean Keane, is a very funny guy (if you think I’m biased, just ask the SF Weekly). Today is Sean’s birthday, so it has me thinking about Sean and comedy. Building a career as a stand-up is a tough one. It takes no small amount of guts and hard work to show up at various settings where stand-up comedy takes place: laundromats; sketchy nightclubs; college auditoriums, and eventually on to the top local venues (in the bay area, these being the SF Punchline and Cobbs Comedy Club).
I have proudly watched Sean’s career move from many of the former to the latter venues and frequent out-of-town gigs. More than once, I have admired how Sean gets on stage again and again. When I first started teaching yoga, it was petrifying enough to be teaching a group of people. I could not imagine the pressure of standing on a stage and making people laugh.
It got me thinking about the parallels between stand-up comedy and teaching yoga. Both require public speaking, some advance preparation, and ability to improv and play to the energy of the crowd. Here is a point-by-point comparison of comedy and yoga, determining which one has the advantage for each aspect of the job:
Comedy: Keep people laughing
Yoga: Keep people breathing
Edge: Comedy (if you are Sean)
Average Set Time:
Comedy: 10-45 minutes
Yoga: 60-90 minutes
Edge: Draw. If you are eating it on stage, you do not have long to win back the audience. On the other hand, you only have to sink for a brief time before the set is over. If you’re teaching a yoga class that is not going well, you have time to turn it around for the better. On the other hand, it might be a long class…
Comedy: Endless open mics
Yoga: Minimum 200-hour registered program
Edge: Yoga. I can’t think of much scarier things than continually getting up on stage at open mics.
Yoga: coconut water
Edge: Comedy. Plus alcohol tastes much better than coconut water.
Physical Interactions with Crowd:
Comedy: Aggressive heckling
Yoga: Hands-on adjustments
Edge: Yoga. Why is it some people do not realize what happens when one chooses to sit in the front row at a comedy show?
Comedy: People in drunk, happy laughter
Yoga: People in savasana
Edge: Draw. Generally it’s easier to get people to laugh than it is to get them to relax. But if you’re Sean, the laugh part is not a problem.
Happy Birthday Brother Sean!
Take yoga seriously, but don’t take yourself too seriously. I love yoga humor. It’s crucial for me to keep my practice playful and enjoyable. Here’s my top 10 favorite yoga funnies:
Bringing yoga to the barnyard.
This one’s on my fridge
3. Bush Yoga
A little dated, but a wonderful mock of the former commander in chief.
I like the alternative name for savasana.
6. Irish Yoga
With my last name, I appreciate this.
Nearly brand new!
When yoga meets geek from Joy of Tech.
2. Toilet Yoga
Yoga Dork expounds three key yoga “movements” for relief
1. Yoga Dork
Mentioned in the above funny, the Yoga Dork blog strikes that wonderful balance between reporting on serious issues in the yoga community and sharing the funny parts of it. Highly recommended for some great chuckles along with the latest yoga news.
Got any favorite yoga humor I didn’t mention here? Share it in the comments.
You gotta have a sense of humor about yoga. I get a kick out of particularly good yoga funnies so I wanted to share this one. I’ve long been a fan of Stephen Colbert ever since his amazing roast at the White House Correspondents dinner several years ago. The other night he had a particularly humorous bit on yoga and the yoga clothing line, Lululemon. My favorite part? “Yoga has long been the exercise of choice for liberals.”