02 June 2006
So you're saying to yourself: "Asana Bear"?
We all know the "Yogini Waifs" - these are the amazingly talented, lithe, dedicated yoginis who happen to be petite and rail thin. If I stood next to a Yogini Waif you would immediately know what an Asana Bear is - me. We stick out like a pink fire hydrant in New York City.
We're the guys that look like we should be across the street in Gold's Gym rather than stretching into Pidgeon Pose. We're the ones that can see over everyone's head, we look like the Sears Tower does in downtown Chicago. We tend to congregate in the back of the studio because if we were in front, no one would be able to see the teacher.
We're still a little uncoordinated (OK a lot) in our one-legged poses. I recall when I started doing Bikram there was a pose where I could touch the ceiling with one hand and use that to balance with whilst holding one leg behind me.
We wear running shorts because nobody seems to make yoga clothes big enough for us; extra large male yoga shorts are not XL enough for Asana Bears (if anyone knows a good source of men's yogawear please let me know...).
But the fact that Yogini Waifs, Asana Bears and everyone in-between all show up at the same studio, just proves the obvious: yoga is for everyone and everyone can benefit. Big, tall, short, overweight, thin, old or young.