artwork credit: Dr. Seuss, from The Cat in the Hat
From west to east, and east to west,
there are lots of ideas on yoga's advertising with sex.
One opinion, two opinion,
red opinion, blue opinion.
I am the advertiser, I speak for the green
I speak for the green, you know what I mean.
I meant no harm, such harm I meant not,
but yoga grew so big, capitalization I sought.
Then along came a powerful letter from the Judith Las,
written with obvious intelligence, care, and class.
She said to Yoga Journal, See here, this must stop!
You cannot keep using ladies without tops.
The yoga public debated, they love to do that
but this wasn't so simple as a cat wearing a hat.
They raged and they rioted, crashing like a storm
and suddenly the battle was over the human form.
Just as soon as the tide shifted, it so moved again
Unnecessary Socks was shouted over the din.
Do you like your yoga with socks?
I do not like it, my mat has no rocks.
But would you like them here or there?
Maybe you'd like them with your feet in the air?
I do not like them with my feet in the air,
I do not like silly socks anywhere.
Yoga is made so we commune with the ground,
the use of accoutrement makes it much less profound.
But the very most important point, you shall see
is not bastardizing yoga or creating exploitees.
So what it comes down to, my fellow yogis
at least in part it's the mindful use of your pennies.
The other half, of course, is the voice and the thoughts
make yourself heard, no tough battle's easily fought.
In the words of Dr. Seuss (which should always be put to good use):
"Unless someone like you
cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better.
- Y is for Yogini, in the style of the infinitely wise Dr. Seuss. Alternate title: The Seussian Yoga Manifesto.