Only one day after we posted our record breaking take on Dana Flynn’s YogaNation Tour was Dana’s “24 Years of Practice in 90 Seconds” feverishly shared among patrons of the Facebook. Behold:
Speaking on how the video came to be, Dana states:
“I’d just finished teaching the noon class at Laughing Lotus in NYC when this couple from out of town walked into the studio and asked if they could see “some yoga.” I said, “Of course. Are you DTF — down to flow?” Then I spontaneously started a sequence to show the couple “some yoga,” and my friend, who happened to be in the studio with me that day, turned on his iPad and started to film me. So this video is a very realistic snapshot of my practice, a spur-of-the-moment flow that just feels good.”
But, then something crazy happened. Seemingly out of nowhere another video started circulating the interwebs (though it was originally uploaded late last year), challenging everything we knew about “flowing,” “sequencing,” and “feeling good.” Set in what looks to be a suburban wonderland of joy, the video has a slightly different take on what constitutes “moving like yourself.”
Complete with a website and book (!) Joanna Rohrback’s “Prancercize” is having people scramble to find out if this new lifestyle craze is real or just a ruse. Always fans of the outlier, we found ourselves tapping our mental foramen not out of confusion, but out of curiosity as to what the two videos might be saying together, as we believe each is in dialogue with the other. And yet, as the always controversial Lauren Hill has said, “Two MCs can’t occupy the same space at the same time.”
So, we did the obvious thing, and pitted them against one another.
Let the games begin!
CHALLENGE #1: “USE OF ARMS”
As far as we’re concerned, arms are the doggie doors to the soul. If you don’t know where to place ‘em, you may find yourself with a puggle up yer arse. But, Joanna Rohrback knows exactly how to rock those appendages. Complete with a dizzying array of “hello’s,” waves, loops, “fingerly wigglies,” elbow sachets, and swivels, Joanna rocked this category like “Doo-Wop Night” at the clubhouse.
CHALLENGE #2: “FASHION SENSE”
While one might think that this category would go to Dana, whose flashy capris ride alongside the current trend of awesomely insane yoga leggings sweeping the urban yoga nation, in the end the win must go to Joanna, whose pairing of white yoga pants with a salmon-colored blazer is not only unprecedented, but bold, daring, and dastardly. Plus, hand weights!
CHALLENGE #3: “SELF PROMOTION”
We simply have to give this category to Dana. While it’s true that both videos promote the people featured in them, nothing says “Look at me” like having a shirt made with your own name ironed on it over the number “1.” And, seeing how her video supposedly just kinda randomly happened, it suggests that Dana was wearing her “self shirt” throughout the day. An easy win for the creator of “lotus flow.”
CHALLENGE #4: “VERTICAL ACHIEVEMENT”
Yes it’s true that titibasana is an advanced asana, and yes it suggests a certain kind of “flight.” However, there is little that could have come close to challenging a woman whose hair is so perfectly organized (we’re guessing on a weekly basis) that it barely moves while the body below leaps into the air with a whimsy previously unseen by human eyes.
CHALLENGE #5: “CREATIVE USE OF ENVIRONMENT”
Joanna says it best when she proclaims that people should be “[g]etting back to nature by exercising in it rather than a confined, unnatural, germ laden environment.” We couldn’t agree more, and appreciate her use of the old people community grounds as a backdrop for her somatic exploration.
So, who won…?
Three Babarazzi cheers to a woman who truly defines “innovation,” to a woman who appeals to the suburban mom in all of us, and to a woman who when lacking a horse, simply photoshopped one running along side her.
Congratulations, Joanna Rohrback. You are truly and inspiration.