Cranky Fitness has been alerted to a surprising new development: did you know you could combine yoga practice with wine tasting? Crabby sure didn't!
The New York Times was on it many months ago (registration might be required), but Crabby missed the boat and needed a nudge from the helpful vital juice folks, who emailed to let her know about it. Apparently there is not just one venue, but several, that offer both activities together.
On hearing this, Crabby was at first confused. How can you sip wine if you're standing on your head? Or what if you're bent over at the waist, or crouched on all fours, or flat on your back? Crabby is capable of dribbling wine down her front when seated upright at a table in a nice restaurant. How on earth could people do their tastings during yoga class?
But then Crabby realized: Oh. Probably they both don't mean at the exact same time. Probably they mean do the yoga first--then taste the wine.
Got it now! You go on a retreat or to a workshop that features both yoga and wine tasting, but not simultaneously.
Still. Do they belong together?
Crabby has lots of opinions. Problem is, her opinions totally contradict each other. Perhaps she needs to do a sun salutation or pour herself a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and meditate further on what it all means. Or, better yet, she may have to ask her Smart Readers what to think.
So please help Crabby sort this out. Here were some of her first impressions:
1. Smart marketing! Lots of people like both wine and yoga, and many of these folks have $$$ to spend on retreats.
2. How crass! Yoga isn't just an exercise, it's part of a spiritual practice. What's next--Yoga retreats combined with tummy tucks? Or with seminars on "How to Profit from Real Estate Foreclosure Sales?"
3. But most people don't do yoga as a religion. They do it for exercise. Why should they have to get all picky about what they combine it with?
4. So what if "most people" only dabble? You shouldn't subvert the deeper nature of the practice by treating it as some consumer product to exploit.
5. "Deeper nature?" What do you know about the "deeper nature" of yoga? You've never even been to a yoga class!
6. Well, I saw a video once. Some nice pony-tailed man with a cute British accent kept talking about his "sit bone." Anyway, it still seems kind of cynical. I bet most real yoga people would object.
7. So they can stay home! Think about it--gentle stretching and mellow people and wine? What's not to like?
8. Hmm. Would there be, like, a really nice restaurant? And a spa with deep tissue massage?
10. What was the question again?
Please help the bewildered Crab.
Yoga + Wine Tasting. Yes? No? Maybe?