Singles Yoga: Steamy or Seedy?
When I googled the words “Singles Yoga”, I could not believe what came up. The top link brought me to Singlesyoga.com -- a community or “place where you can learn, meet, greet and yoga with like minded people” offering singles retreats, singles cruises, and singles yoga vagactions. The second link was Omsingles.com, which is an online dating site for yogis.
When I think about the theory of a yoga-centered singles retreat, I am reminded of the summer camp I went to which was supposed to be centered around female bonding and horseback riding, but instead was REALLY about which boy was going to ask you to the dance on Friday...
I have other thoughts about what a singles’ yoga cruise, vacation, class, or retreat would actually look like and it is creepy -- too creepy for me to describe right here. During a normal yoga class, it’s easy to pick out the men who are there to practice versus the strange older man who puts his mat right next to you in an empty studio, trying to make small talk. I then spend the next 75 minutes avoiding the impendingly awkward eye contact and praying that my pants are as opaque as I thought they were.
In a way, it’s good that there are classes for these types of people. I wonder how many women would actually show up to something like this if they were really living a true yogic lifestyle? It’s not online dating or weird “singles” events that I am creeped out by. It’s the fact that it does not jive with yogic philosophy. The purpose of a yoga class is to concentrate completely -- FULLY -- on your movements and your breathing.
The purpose of a singles yoga class would be, I imagine, to scan the room at any given chance to stare at other people’s bodies and wonder if they are your long-lost soul mate.
Love is a great and wonderful thing, but if the focus is taken off of the linking of asana with pranayama, is it really yoga? I don’t truly think so. I think that the yoga singles dating site is more appropriate than degrading the purity of the concept of yoga practice by switching to focus to hooking up with someone from class. Om, no thanks.
Have you had any experiences with dating yogis? What do you think?