Wednesday, 4 July 2012
12:53:42 AM (GMT)
Today, I read an article in the New York Times that claimed the practice of
Yoga has it's origins in a sex cult and so the behavior of Yoga instructors
mired in sexual scandal shouldn't really raise any eyebrows. I enjoyed the
provocative tone as I have friends, particularly females, who are yoga
enthusiasts that occasionally try to recruit me.
A male friend and yoga student informed me that yoga instructors do sometimes
use body weight to assist their pupils. He then shared a story where a female
instructor laid face down on his back and breathed heavily on the back of his
neck for about 8 minutes while he was stretching. He also said that he saw a
male instructor do a "freaky assist" with a female student that he described as
a standing-up doggie-style position. He also shared a photo of a yoga
instructor with his fingers apparently right on his student's vagina.
Now I've been single, uninvolved, and non sexually active for a while, so
plausible Yoga sex fantasies started to form in my mind. But it occurred to me
that my yoga-enthusiast female friends are most likely, based on discussions I
was present for, traditional to prudish regarding sex. I can imagine they'd be
the ones scandalized by sexual behavior which makes the whole yoga thing seem
like some sort of trap. That's a distasteful element, so I instead decided to
imagine a genuine sex cult that doesn't pretend to hold chastity as virtue.
Of course Yoga is not *supposed* to be about sex. It's a spiritual practice.
This puts it entirely out of reach for me as an honest non-pervy participant
anyway. I enjoy mystical mumbo jumbo in fiction as much as anyone, but
whenever I want to experience it in real life, honesty interferes. I simply
refuse to will myself into a belief without it being subject to reason and
judgement. And thus even the genuine sex cult fantasy is but a fleeting
Maybe the sex-cult fantasy illustrates the cause of all spiritualism. We all
grew up in and continue to live immersed in our society and yet we occasionally
yearn to experience different alien cultures of our own making. But how can we
escape, collectively, for an individual cannot manifest a culture by himself,
if not by sheer force of will, letting reason and common sense be damned?