Victoria's Secret Gets it's Yoga On

I don't go to the mall very often. Maybe a few times a year. It makes me nervous. So, maybe I'm a bit late hopping on this train, but in the mall yesterday I walked past a Victoria's Secret store to see a big ad for Yoga Underwear. I don't even know what this means. I went to their website and found that they now carry a whole line of yoga clothes. It's a smart business move, no? Cotton, not difficult to manufacture, and people are willing to spend money consistently for inner peace. And a cute booty.

Sexy Tree Pose
I know Old Navy has a whole section of clothing called GoGa (or something along those lines) because I've bought pants there. Looking around, I found this blogger who writes about all sorts of things you can buy that somehow are supposed to relate to your yoga practice.

I believe that I need to look professional, clean, together when I am teaching a yoga class. Sometimes I feel weird about looking in the mirror before I leave the house to teach, but, ultimately, that makes sense to me. What I am worried about, is the continued process (often discussed on yoga blogs all around) of making yoga into a consumer culture. I'm waiting for the day what someone asks me, "What style of yoga do you do?" And I'll have to answer "Victoria's Secret."

Victoria's Secret Gets it's Yoga On

Here's a sequence to do in your underwear, in the privacy of your own home. 

  1. Vajrasana (Diamond Pose)
  2. Take your arms parallel to the floor directly in front of you. Flex at the wrist and rotate arms. Pause. Circle wrist. Flex wrist forward and back.
  3. Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
  4. Begin a "swimming" warmup. Allow whole body to naturally follow movements of arms. Taking a wide stance, begin breaststoke arms.
  5. Forward crawl arms
  6. Backstroke arms
  7. Doggy paddle (kidding)
  8. Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose) Side Stretch. *In Kripalu and Bikram yoga, Ardha Chandrasana is the pose where from Tadasana you bring both arms overhead and to one side.
  9. Repeat other side
  10. Tadasana
  11. Taking a wide stance, allow your arms to swing side to side like empty coatsleeves. Twist your torso as you swing.
  12. Begin Hara breath, saying "Ha!" as you twist
  13. Come to stillness
  14. Standing Yoga Mudra (Seal of Yoga), clasping arms behind back as you fold forward
  15. Slight backbend with Yoga Mudra arms
  16. Garudasana (Eagle Pose)
  17. Virabhadrasana III (Warrior III Pose)
  18. Natarajasana (Dancer's Pose)
  19. Repeat 16-18 with other leg
  20. Vinyasa to Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
  21. Lift and lower fingers
  22. Vinyasa to Adho Mukha Svanasana. Bend one arm and then the other. Bend one knee and then the other. Hold for ten breaths, moving
  23. Vinyasa to Adho Mukha Svanasana to hold
  24. Jump to Bakasana (Crow Pose)
  25. Chaturanga Dandasana (Plank Pose)
  26. Ardha Salabasana (Half Locust Pose). Repeat other side
  27. Salabasana (Locust Pose)
  28. Navasana (Boat Pose) on stomach, hands interlocked behind lower back, using arms to help lift chest
  29. Garbasana (Child's Pose)
  30. Pasasana (Noose Pose). Repeat
  31. Upavistha Konasana (Seated Wide Angle Pose)
  32. Kurmunasana (Tortoise Pose)
  33. Baddha Konasana (Cobbler's Pose)
  34. Gomukhasana (Face of Light Pose). Repeat other side
  35. While seated, roll, bend and flex wrists
  36. Marichyasana III (Marichi's Twist)
  37. Savasana (Corpse Pose)

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