RON HART: Yoga: don’t just do something — sit there

Published: Sunday, January 6, 2013 at 05:24 PM.

But as I rapidly age — very rapidly — I like yoga. It offers someone who has been hunched over a computer all day a way to work on posture and flexibility. Yoga offers us men a chance to be spiritual, expand our minds and do what we do best:  just sit there and think about ourselves.

It tempts us try to show off, quite often obliterating every tendon in our body in the process. And it sharpens the consciousness, teaching us that there is a thin line between sitting there “meditating” as instructed and keeping one eye open to see if that hot girl two rows up is still in the downward facing dog position.  We ADD folks exercise better when there are interesting distractions.

There has been an alarming increase in young women who overuse the word “amazing.” They also like to say, “I am not religious, but I am spiritual.” My son hears it so much that he has a stock response: “I am not honest, but I think you are interesting.”

Now I am not advocating choosing one from Column A and two from Column B, but being Buddhist, Hindu or the like just seems less severe than being an evangelical Christian. Plus, you get to do yoga. Like many, I believe in God. I just do not trust most of those on earth who say they work for Him.

It makes sense to hedge my bets by casting part of my lot with three-quarters of the world’s population and sampling from the buffet of Eastern faiths. I had a male friend who regularly laid offerings at the altars of various Asian massage spas around the country when he traveled. Worshipping this way often allowed him to meet important locals, like the madam, the chief of police, and the presiding judge.

Twenty-two million people now do yoga in America, and, like vegetarians, none of them will shut up about it.

I do secretly like yoga. Where else can a man watch good-looking, limber women in skimpy outfits bend over in front of him and not have to shell out dollar bills?

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