What's Wrong With How We Talk About YogaIrin Carmon1/24/11 2:52pmFiled to: Bent out of shapeWriting about yogaYogaHealthFitnessbikramSexTop4562EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkThis image was lost some time after publication. People often find people who talk about yoga annoying. I get it, partly because the way people write about yoga elicits a very un-yogic reaction in me. As does how it occasionally plays out in real life. I'll explain.AdvertisementHere is what articles about yoga are usually like:Yoga + sex = sexy. There are sweaty, limber people having sex! There are erections! Did we mention sex? (The whole people-in-exercise-classes-have-sex thing is so old. Hasn't anyone seen Perfect? John Travolta already did this trend story.)Skinny people, some of whom are ex-models or famous, do yoga. And are pretty. (The current most-emailed Times article right now, entitled "Rebel Yoga," includes the phrases "skyscraper limbs," "cheerleader looks," "sexy cover-girl look," and "beanpole thin" to describe its subject. Yoga: It's like every other Styles trend story about a woman, except with a better rationale for talking about her body!)Some of these pretty and often skinny yoginis have gone on journeys of self-discovery. And you can go with them if you buy their book(s).Yoga is a big fraud! It's not spiritual, it's commercial! Lululemon yoga pants are expensive. (This part is really true. I mean, what kind of stretch pants are worth $98?). And they aren't really made out of seaweed, either. Plus, Bikram wears a million dollar, ruby-and-diamond-encrusted watch. See, fraud.