One of the arguments for defining “yoga” in as broad of terms as possible, suggests that in doing so more people will find a way to the promised land. Meaning: if “yoga” is defined as both “secular excercise with no squiggly words,” as well as a “spiritual discipline with tons of squiggly words” that means there’s a better chance that two different people will come to the practice. Where as, if yoga were to be solely defined as something chillum-huffing sadhus do, only dreadlocked trustafarians would be into it.
Below is a video that apparently defines yoga as “something affluent white women do on the top floor of five-star Dubai hotels in order to work off the previous night’s epic orgasm facilitated by a thirty-something oil-rich Saudi national who seasoned the evening with $500 bottles of Japanese vodka and serious neck bling.”
Or, it’s just something you’d find advertised in the back of SkyMall:
Here’s what we know from an anonymous tipster:
“fun fact 1: after many major toronto yoga studios refused to sell to YYoga, they’re opening an enormous (somewhere around 8000 sq/ft?) space at Queen and John, at the heart of TO’s entertainment district.
Now, what we have here is some serious Canada swiz, which means that, with the exception of Nettwerk Records who once upon a time were, for me, synonymous with Skinny Puppy…
…I’m floating around aimlessly in a dark sea of semiotic gibberish. Like, I don’t know a damn thing about what any of this means in terms of “is this a big deal in Canada,” or “do all women in Canada sound like they’re selling organic cotton tampons every time they speak about yoga?” I can assume, however, that a Canadian yoga business venture of this nature has got to be a lot cleaner than anything we have here in “the States” amenity-wise, and will certainly have less gun violence associated with it.
I should also say that were this to be my first experience of “yoga” back in the day, I’d have shit myself with laughter only to find myself a decade later still answering the question “What do you do for exercise?” with that classic of guy answers, “I sometimes go for a run.” The unfortunate part of this “what if” scenario is that in place of me doing yoga would be some urban yuppie jerk-off working in “finance” who never moved beyond “I like yoga because it gives me a good sweat” despite commercial yoga culture’s false assumption that people who do yoga solely for exercise will someday transform into full-fledged Naga Babas.
Nevertheless, I’m glad I took this hypothetical chode’s place. He can have Equinox.