In the meantime, I'll write something shorter and more plebeian. So for those of you who no longer subscribe to Yoga Journal, this is how the cover of the latest issue of YJ looks like:
the latest post on YogaDork.
Would this picture make a man want to do yoga? As a guy (who does yoga), I would say: Probably not. I don't know many guys out there who would be attracted to yoga by the sight of some guy in Lotus pose with his hands in God-knows-what mudra. And speaking of his hands: What's he doing with his hands, anyway? Is this a scene from one of those old-school samurai movies where the guy has just plunged a knife into his chest, and the blood is about to, like, spurt out of his mouth? Sorry, morbid thought...
But seriously, I think the whole recent series of posts on YogaDork about whether yoga is dude-friendly enough (and whether we should try to make it more dude or bro-friendly) is, uh, lame. Why? Well, here's my take on the whole thing in concise argument form:
1. There are men in this world today. (duh!)
2. Some men do yoga, some men don’t.(duh!)
3. The men who do yoga today may do yoga tomorrow, or they may not. (duh!)
4. The men who do not do yoga today may do yoga tomorrow, or they may not. (duh!)
5. Dude-friendly yoga/Broga (whatever that means) may get some men who do not do yoga today to do yoga tomorrow, but it probably will not get all men who do not do yoga today to do yoga tomorrow.
6. And that’s totally cool.:-)
8. Because just as we do not expect all women to do yoga, we also should not expect all men to do yoga. If we do, we would be setting a double standard, and we would probably be sexist.
9. Being sexist is bad/no good.
10. So therefore, it really doesn’t matter if the men who do not do yoga today still do not do yoga tomorrow.
11. Need I say more? :-)
I apologize if this post is not very deep/profound, and is a bit ranty (is this even a word?). But it is what it is.
May the Force be with you.