What does pop culture tell us about yoga?

Yoga is super hyped up in a lot of ways; we see it touched on a lot in popular culture from TV and movies, to magazines and social media. Yoga classes are offered at practically any gym that offers classes. Lululemon is wildly popular. However, considering what a big deal people make out of yoga, I thought it’d be more show up more than it does in some of my favourite shows. I managed to find 3 instances, which, fortunately, are all totally worth it.

This is kind of the same for Modern family. Claire is who we see doing yoga. Claire is super uptight and stressed. She is arguably the character who needs to be signed up the for activity centred around, well, centring oneself and seeking calmness through the asana (motions) and meditation aspects of yoga.

I only wish I’d gotten to see Sam and Dean doing yoga; if you’ve seen Supernatural, you’d get that this would be hilarious because we’re taking two guys who are fighting and killing monsters all the time and making them to something that’s very “zen” and calming, the exact opposite of their lifestyles. Plus, while Sam seems to be healthy (or tries to) – we see him eating salads and trying to get Dean to be healthier – Dean drinks a ton and eats like crap and all that, so he’s not a yogi at all and it’s kind of comical to see him in a setting that is so contrary to his personality.

Penny is totally the kind of person I could see doing yoga in real life. She’s “trendy”, seems to be reasonably active (I think we see her going to the gym, she definitely likes jogging) and she’s the kind of “go with the flow” person who’d add yoga into her life. Sheldon, however, is the most uptight person ever, which probably isn’t his fault, but nonetheless, he can definitely benefit from the calming meditative aspects of yoga. Nothing like playing it for comedy (again).

This is kind of the same for Modern family. Claire is who we see doing yoga. Claire is super uptight and stressed. She is arguably the character who needs to be signed up the for activity centred around, well, centring oneself and seeking calmness through the asana (motions) and meditation aspects of yoga. It was made even better with the realization that she thought her teacher was hot stuff.

I have realized that all of the cases I could find used yoga for comedic humour. It wasn’t about mocking yoga; it was about taking characters who’s very personalities probably need yoga the most and watching them trying to figure this stuff out; struggling to relax, being horrified by the “hippy” food (a la Sam and Dean).

Yoga kind of deserves its hype though. If you practice both the meditative and asana (the movement) aspects, it’s super relaxing and great for posture, can even build core muscles, and the likes. I love how pop culture kind of tells us that but I’ve literally only ever seen it played for comedic affect. You can even try YouTubers yoga videos, if you’re like me and have seen the hype and want to try it out. My favourite is Sarah Beth Yoga.

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