Sexy Vasisthasana

WARNING:

Eyeballs may roll to the back of the head or hysterical laughing may occur.
You are entering cheesy territory.
Read at your own risk.

Side plank or vasisthasana is a strengthening pose but more often than not students end up trying to look sexy instead.  No matter how many times I offer the modifications to students, they are either refusing to modify this pose or they really want to look sexy and end up looking like this with hips sagging to the ground and they’re shaking trying to hold themselves up:

The sexy version of side plank at the "family planning" isle of walgreens


It is far superior to modify by either placing the lower knee under the hip:

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or placing the top foot in front of the hip:


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You will build strength much faster with these modifications than sinking into the sexy version.  However, the real strength is in your ability to surrender your ego and take a modification.. unless the sexy Cleopatra look is what you’re going for:

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I heard this joke in a yoga class once:

A girl asks her boyfriend to come over Friday night and have dinner with her parents. Since this is such a big event, the girl tells him that after dinner, she would like to have sex with him for the first time. The boy is ecstatic, but he has never had sex before, so he takes a trip to the pharmacy to get some condoms. The pharmacist helps the boy for about half an hour. He tells the boy everything there is to know about condoms and sex. At the register, the pharmacist asks the boy how many condoms he’d like to buy a 3-pack, 10-pack or family pack. The boy insists on the family pack because he thinks he will be rather busy.

That night, the boy shows up at the girls parents house and meets his girlfriend at the door. “Oh, I’m so excited for you to meet my parents! Come on in!” The boy goes inside and is taken to the dinner table where the girl’s parents are seated. The boy quickly offers to say grace and bows his head. A minute passes, and the boy is still deep in prayer, with his head down. 10 minutes pass, and still no movement from the boy. Finally, the girlfriend leans over and whispers to the boyfriend: “I had no idea you were this religious.”
The boy turns, and whispers back: “I had no idea your father was a pharmacist!”

Bwahahahaha!

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7 thoughts on “Sexy Vasisthasana

  1. one of our classes last week was dedicated to Vasisthasana (which is one of my fav poses anyway), and the instructor told us all about the story of Vasistha, and how the pose is all about lightness and bliss. it has made the pose even *more* joyful for me ever since! : )

  2. lady, i finally know what i want to do for the contest, but cant get a time when my busy as heck bf can come with me to the locale. im working on it!

  3. Nikki you crack me up! Excellent way to get students to REALLY use the modifications
    “sexy” Vasisthasana looks like it hurts the wrists and possibly the knee ligaments, whereas the modifications have integrity

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