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Yoga = Sex Cult ?Category: (general)
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
whimsy.

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?


LINKS:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/28/health/nutrition/yoga-fans-sexual-flames-and-predictably-plenty-of-scandal.html?pagewanted=all
http://www.yogadork.com/news/william-j-broad-on-john-friend-scandal-yoga-is-a-sex-cult-and-were-all-ignorant-minions/

Comments 
branches says :   4 July 2012   354523  
I've never heard of yoga as a sex thing before. I mean, I'm
completely content to believe that there is some yoga sex group out
there somewhere in the universe: humans can and do connect all things
possible to sex. I'd always heard that yoga was supposed to be a kind
of way to basically reverse the Zen concept of "doing not-doing" and
instill the realization that you're always doing things and moving
around and all that.
I would think that being completely conscious of what you're doing
would be completely debilitating during sex. But I'm a virgin and know
little about yoga, so I may be horribly wrong.
 
 
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