First, let’s talk about Kofi Busia and the fact that he not only wears regular people clothes, including chunky cable-knit sweaters, but that he also wears them while teaching yoga.
Not to be confused with the late Prime Minister of Ghana, Kofi Abrefa Busia, who also wore regular people clothes, Kofi has been teaching yoga for almost forty years, most of which from within the Iyengar method. Most of which while wearing regular people clothes.
As far as we’re concerned, wearing regular people clothes, and especially chunky cable-knit sweaters, while teaching yoga is awesome and can only lead to a more integrated experience for all.
In fact, I’ll come straight out and say it: I think more yoga instructors wearing regular people clothes is more likely to create long-lasting sustainable progressive change in the yoga “community” faster than any ballot initiative, any PhD dissertation turned book (Stop doing that! We can tell!), any Occupy Yoga march, any potluck with an unsavory amount of quinoa salad, and certainly any endorsement of a presidential candidate.
I’m also of the opinion that the acceptance of the chunky sweater thing, and even more so the we-all-do-it-at-some-point willingness to participate in bicycle spandex shorts thing is a testament to the integrity of both the Iyengar and Jois traditions. See how easy it is for Ashtanga yogi David Swenson to pull it off…
Compare that to, say, John Friend, an Iyengar drop-out (or, so I have been told) wearing bicycle shorts….
Every time I see him wearing these jams I have to stop myself from yelling at the computer screen, “Dad! Put on some clothes! My friends are coming over!” as I swing my head toward the front door in fear that it may be true. Then I remember John Friend is not my father, thank the Holy Mother, and start to long-deep-breathe just to settle my nerves.
I think we could all take a non-fashion cue from Kofi Busia.