We have two guys (and nearly 30 girls) in Teacher Training. One mentioned in class how he really, really wanted to be able to do a forward split, Hanumanasana. He blushed as he said this and everyone giggled. It was suggested that he practice standing splits gradually and against a wall to work his way there.
Now, I don’t possess the fun little extras he does, but I can imagine that even if he were flexible enough to get into Hanumanasana, it may still be difficult. This line of thinking further spiraled into thoughts about how lucky I am to not have to worry about that kind of extra … baggage. Sure, there’s a lot to potentially complain about when you’re a girl, things that make life challenging, etc. But I also have a lot to appreciate and be thankful for, anatomically-speaking. Here’s my thanksgiving list:
- Any version of the splits is easy-peasy. I’m bendy and nothing gets in the way.
- I don’t have to worry about my equipment falling out of my pants/shorts/etc.
- The only adjustments I may require are pose-related (not anatomy-related)
- If I were to see someone I thought was cute in class, there would be no uncontrollable clues (mwaahahaha, so stealth!)
- The only thing twisting in my practice is ME
All of this takes me back to an old memory. My sister and I were pillow-fighting when she accidentally hit my then-boyfriend in his yoga balls. He subsequently turned pinkish-purple and had to go outside to “get some air.” We laughed like hyenas for days about it (hey! we were teenagers!) and the boyfriend was not amused.
This is not to say I wouldn’t laugh my asana off if something went masculinely awry in yoga class (blame my inappropriate sense of humor!), however, my heart really goes out to our fellow yogis. I have more respect for their extra challenges during practice.
Related (fun + funny + helpful) posts:
YogaDork – What’s a Man to Wear to Yoga Class?
The Luxury Spot – The Banana Should Never Be in a Hammock
Spoiled Yogi – Yoga Men: What NOT to Wear
Elephantbeans – Shorts for a Ball-Free Yoga Classroom
photo credit: super-bouncy-balls.com