I took this photo: Yoga fashion

Thief Valley Reservoir yoga Warrior
Warrior II fashion: snow pants, Sorels, and a hard hat.

The US yoga industry has exploded in recent years: hot yoga, power yoga, radiant flow, restorative, aerial, zen bootcamp (huh?). As the yoga possibilities have expanded, so too have the clothing opportunities. From its perhaps simplistic origins to a $27 billion industry in 5000 short years. No, wait. That should be 4990 years of yoga and 10 years of booming industry.

Being outdoors all day, in one place, in the cold requires warm clothing, a massive quantity of fuel to stay warm (hot chocolate with heavy cream and butter, please), and enough movement to create heat without sweating.

Enter yoga.

Over the years, the fashionable yoga set has moved away from the simple, but ever elegant, loin cloth.  Today’s yoga togs (such a good word too often unused) are something to behold. Strappy tops that require a Ph.D. and schematics to put on properly rule the current scene. Leggings of all lengths and body-hugging forms are standard. Fabulous colors, incredible patterns, material cutouts, and built-in multi-layers compete across the studio for attention.

Enter Tamara.

The common comment that my fashion sense elicits is that I always look put together. To me, this implies that each of my body parts is in its proper place and covered with the appropriate and corresponding clothing items. That seems the least (and apparently the most) I can do in the realm of fashion. So be it.

Ski pants, insulated boots, gaiters, a down coat, binoculars (with harness), and a hard hat seem well beyond the height of yoga fashion. I took this photo for the seeming incongruity of the activity and my clothing. I only have a Master’s degree; I couldn’t get into the strappy things.

 

6 thoughts on “I took this photo: Yoga fashion”

  1. You are out there… I encourage my son to do outrageous acts daily… Your writing ( and thinking) reflects the kind of outrageousness I try to foster in my son…
    Thank you for serving as perfect role model…

    1. Are you going to “moderate” my appreciation for much needed and valued outrageous thinking, writing and behavior? Seems incongruent.

      1. WordPress requires that I moderate comments. I am always happy to encourage outrageous thinking and acts. Better strange than normal.

  2. What a wasted life…
    In pursuit of the normal…
    So many lost opportunities to explore…
    The para- ( or is alt.?) normal…
    That place a couple standard deviations out there on the “normal” distribution curve where things begin to get interesting…

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