By Brian Leaf
If you’re into yoga (or soft porn) you may have seen the Equinox Fitness YouTube videos of Briohny Smyth practicing yoga postures in her lingerie. Since the release of the first video in December of 2011, these clips have generated lots of controversy … and page views, at times garnering 500,000 views a day.
Some contend that the clips are art in motion and a testament to human potential. Others feel that the videos objectify women and use sex to sell yoga and the Equinox brand.
I think I agree with this second camp. If nothing else, I suspect that most viewers leave the videos feeling not uplifted, but depressed and insecure about themselves and their own bodies. You can watch the video below (if you dare) and chime in with an opinion.
Furthermore, when I compare this serene scene to my own life and my own yoga practice, something makes me laugh. Let’s just say that my yoga practice looks … a bit different.
So without further ado, here is my unofficial proposal for the next video in the Equinox Fitness Yoga Series, the Family Yoga Video….
About Brian Leaf
Brian Leaf is author of the yoga memoir, Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi: My Humble Quest to Heal My Colitis, Calm My ADD, and Find the Key to Happiness. You can find him on line at www.misadventures-of-a-yogi.com.