Well, I'm not sure if you've heard about the scandal with a batch of Lululemon Yoga Pants being see-through, but it is all over the yoga gossip channels. It's caused quite a stir amongst many yogis, but you know what I say...
Don't get me wrong, I've heard that usually they are very lovely, durable yoga pants, but I have better things to spend $120 on. I buy mine for about $19.99 at TJ Maxx and they last me for years. Now I'm certainly not judging anyone on what they spend their money on - have at it. But it just makes me wonder what has become of us when this is the biggest news amongst the yogic circuits?
With the continued "popularity" of yoga comes the commercialism of the practice. It's an inevitable element in our culture when something does well. I wonder in our (our society's) quest for making a buck, if we aren't pushing more people away from a practice that is so purely intended, and that offers such a tremendous healing benefit for anyone, by concentrating on such incidental things like this?
I teach yoga because I truly believe in it. I am a first-hand account of how yoga can change someone's life for the better. I may not be able to do a handstand, I may not look like the models on the cover of Yoga Journal, and I certainly have days where I do not feel very "yogic," but I truly believe in the practice. I tell people that want to do yoga teacher training for monetary reasons to reconsider. And in seven years I have not increased our rates. Yes, yoga is a business. But, dare I say, that more need to get back to teaching and learning about this practice and spend less time on looking the part?
Squat in your yard and do whatever poses come naturally to you.
Yoga is a natural state of being, so be natural. And if you do come to class in your Lululemon yoga pants, I promise to only check out your Asana - not your...well, you get it...