The truth is, we’ve had these Travis Elliot “Ultimate Yogi” videos in our sights for over a month, thanks to Babs reader, Dyspeptic Skeptic, but were never quite sure how to present them. At first it seemed like a no-brainer to put them up, since they’ve obviously got it all:
- shoes on in a yoga “temple”
- surfer humility
- boy-ish excitement
- studio sets with lots of fire
- Gandolf hanging out teaching asana
- reference to the number “108″ as “powerful”
- the sentence “You’ll be like a super hero”
- copious amounts of sweat
- hot chix
- token old dads
- buff hairless dudes
They’re also great examples of “yoga” in the market/commercial/just-invent-whatever-and-make-it-up-as-you-go economy. So, when I say it really felt as if we hit the jack pot, I’m not kidding. Par exemple:
Here’s one of Travis teaching….
Here’s one with a slight Indiana Jones vibe….
Here’s one with a little Japanese Zen garden flavor…
Here’s one where “Patty” practically get’s impregnated by Travis (min. 00:30 is insertion / min 01:10 is the gentle slow withdrawal)….
But, then something switched. We found ourselves really feeling for the guy. You know? Like, watching the videos we started to think that maybe ol’ Travis really cared about making people ripped and sweaty. I mean, it’s obvious he’s really excited about all this stuff. It’s like, when you watch these you’re thinking, this is what happens when you learn about something, get super excited about it too quickly, decide you’re going to take that something and reinvent it by mixing it with a bunch of other stuff you know a little bit about, and then just do it. It’s almost too genuine. Like the kid in the high school talent show who sings “Bye Bye, Birdie.”
But, we’re here to discuss yoga in its most commercial manifestations, so….
Sticking with this week’s “weight loss” theme, there’s also this weight loss video, only with no reference to weight loss…
…which actually reminds me more of this video for some reason: