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November 14, 2004
Yoga pictures

Alan Little, a Yoga enthusiast (and regular BEdBlog commenter I particular like his most recent one here), links to some Yoga pictures. Always on the lookout for gratuitous pictures for here, I explored.

I know I shouldn't mock, but some of these pictures cry out to be the basis of a caption competition, my favourite one for these purposes probably being this one, although it's a tough call:


Seriously though, these pics do give you a much better idea of what Yoga at least looks like, when performed by highly qualified Yogans.

The guy in the blue shirt doesn't seem to be doing very much in any of the pictures. I'm guessing he's there in case any of the performers ties him/herself shoelace style into such a tight knot that he/she needs emergency help getting untied.

The other thing that struck me about this demo is the splendour of the new building the Yashasvi Wedding Hall in Mysore in which it is being given. Anyone who thinks India is still only dust, poverty, and big white cows with huge horns meandering about slowing everything down from very slow to even slower should update his ideas. And since I was "struck", I guess that has to include me.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 03:28 PM
Category: India


India leads the world in yoga caption competitions, and has done so since the names of yoga positions were first written down seven hundred or so years ago. The position in the picture you chose is called karandavasana, which means "duck position".

The guy in the blue shirt is the grandson and assistant of the senior yoga teacher giving the lecture. He is one of maybe a dozen or so people in the world who are capable of giving an even more impressive demonstration than the western students in the pictures. I wonder what the subtext of having western students do the demo for an Indian audience might be: "westerners can do this stuff too, and almost as well as we can (as long as they're taught by me)". Or "it's not just software - we teachers of traditional arts, too, are making a contribution to the outside world's growing recognition of our country's achievements"

I agree about the impressive building, which I think is new since I was in Mysore three years ago.

Comment by: Alan Little on November 16, 2004 08:08 PM
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