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Say No to Camel Toe, Yes to Playfulness

Oh No! Camel Toe!

While surfing Crackbook, I  mean, Facebook, I happened upon a blog post by YogaDork discussing Lululemon’s latest ad campaign to sell yoga pants.

The ad line is “Say No to Camel Toe.

Judge for yourself. Funny or not funny?

  • 13% of the readers on YogaDork’s site called the ad offensive and are calling for a boycott of the company.
  • 30% of the readers, me included, think the ad is hysterically funny.

Comments by readers (in bold) included:

Why is there no “Lululemon sucks balls regardless” button available in the multiple choice voting question?

Fighting crude with crude, touche.

The ad doesn’t bother me. Camel toe is a concern in workout pants. Why not be up front about it?

Exactly. Camel toe is a fact. It happens. It isn’t anyone’s fault, it’s just nature’s way of telling you your pants are too damn tight! Funny side note: My partner just started to take a brand new beginners yoga class at my studio. When I told him about “camel pose” he thought I said “camel toes” and he busted out laughing! Camel Pose? Camel Toes? Camel Pose? Camel Toes? I could see where one might get confused. Ha ha HA!

Saw the ad in my yoga studio tonight and showed it to my teacher to ask their opinion and they immediately said what I had been thinking…it’s just going too far. Yoga has a way of opening people up and there’s certainly a vulnerability involved.

When I’m “opened up” in a yoga class I don’t want to “expose” anything that I wouldn’t want exposed while walking down the street on a hot summer’s day.

If the ad was intentionally poking fun of the girl in the photo, demeaning her and fostering judgment against her personally, that’s one issue. But the ad simply addresses a problem and offers a solution. What’s the harm?

Why So Serious?

The reaction of some of the yoginis, and a few yogi’s, about the Lululemon camel toe ad left me wondering about the seriousness of yoga practioners and the subjective nature of humor. It also made me think about how I’ve been approaching my Hatha practice lately.

Why do yogis tend to be so serious? I mean, it’s just yoga. Just breathing. It’s not like anyone’s asking you to fly a jet fighter blindfolded in order to save the world from cupcake eating dragons…sheesh.

Personally, I think many folks in the yoga world are entirely TOO serious (including myself)…that’s why I’ve embraced Laughter Yoga. THANK YOU DR. KATARIA!

Combat Yogic Seriousness: Keep it Playful and Giggly

To help me refrain from engaging in negative self-talk and remind myself to keep my yoga practice light and joyful I decided to bring Dashboard Buddha to Vinyasa class last night.

I considered bringing my clown nose and placing it at the top of my mat but I didn’t want it to get all smelly. I figured the red nose would absorb smell. Smelly yoga sucks, just sayin’.

Help from Dashboard Buddha, and my teacher, Maria

I did follow proper etiquette and asked my new favorite kick-ass teacher, Maria, if I could bring my plastic yoga friend to class. Maria was more than happy to permit Dashboard Buddha entry and he didn’t even need to sign in and pay. Thanks Maria!

Maria has observed me struggle and cry in class. I hate to admit that, but it is the truth. As much as I have grown and learned, some of the “I suck” tapes still play in my mind. You may be able to run and hide from yourself in the real world, but everything comes to light on your yoga mat.

Dashboard Buddha was there to remind me to STOP BEING SO DAMN SERIOUS.

Ok, maybe I can’t do a perfect Chaturanga, maybe my Ardha Chandrasana is a little weak, and yes, I fight against poses like Half Locust (why God, why?) and Pigeon.

Toward the end of class, when I was fully smoked, sweating and frankly, dizzy, I took a few moments to rest in child’s pose to regain control of my breath.

Note: I was not modeling any form of camel toe at any time during the class, although…my boobs weren’t as supported as they should have been in my forward folds. Note to self : Hike those puppies up higher next time, you don’t want to put your eyes out!

Maria came over to my mat, picked up Dashboard Buddha and instructed me to rub his head and just breathe. I gave the bald man a couple pats, kissed his head and giggled in good fun with Maria.

It’s all good. It’s just yoga. My mat. My practice and thankfully, no evidence at all of the dreaded camel toe! *whew*

What a difference it makes taking a few moments to rest, remind ourselves to be playful and resist the urge to take it all so seriously.

Final Thoughts about Camel Toe and Keeping It Playful

If you suffer from the dreaded female frontal wedgie called Camel Toe, you can “Say No” by purchasing Lululemon’s pants (I love their line of clothing but I agree with some of the other readers at YogaDork, their stuff is kinda expensive but I’ll still but it!) or, take the advice of Erma Bombeck, “If you can’t make it better, you can laugh at it.

If you find yourself taking things was too seriously, remind yourself about the importance of playfulness.

Remember what the yogic master, Bugs Bunny once said, “Don’t Take Life to Seriously, You’ll Never Get out Alive.”

Keepin’ in light and giggly,

Christa and Dashboard Buddha

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Comments

  1. I love Lululemon and I hate camel toe. Therefore, I love this ad.

    The other issue that needs to be addressed is crotch sweat. There. I said it. In Zumba, many instructors (and participants) wear “Zumba” cargo pants, which are very lightweight. Fine. But if you wear these pants in any color but DARK, you get . . . CROTCH SWEAT!

    Maybe you and Lululemon can work out some kind of ad about preventing crotch sweat. I’d appreciate it.

  2. @ JD – YAY! Another person with a healthy sense of humor. If anyone from Lulu contacts me, I will make a special request for them to create a Zumba pant to reduce (and eradicate) crotch sweat, otherwise known as ZCPSS (Zumba Cargo Pant Sweat Syndrome). Until then…keep your pants black.

  3. Yay! Someone is talking about camel toe AND crotch sweat. I can’t wear my fave yoga pants to hot yoga cuz of crotch sweat. Having experienced the “why so serious” in my head and on my mat, I am so behind the camel toe campaign, and your campaign, Ms. Giggle, to rid us of thinking about it WAY. TOO. MUCH!

    PS: Thanks for joining me in the Maria Fan Club. :)

    • @ Jayla – I know, me and JD are so very cool like that. JD talks about all sorts of things (and does all sorts of things) so the rest of us don’t have to. She’s our kinda people for sure. I know you have your own DBB, Dashboard Buddha and a clown nose. Since Maria seems to be so cool about props in class, maybe you’ll want to bring your clown nose with you to help you remember to keep your spirit giggly in class. Personally, I think the little red ball would get all sweaty, but since you’re already used to crotch sweat, will it really matter if your ball sweats too? Ha Ha Ha HA!!

  4. Thank you for this! I really enjoyed reading it. It makes me want my own dashboard Buddha. :)

    Last month I was in a yoga class in which the teacher said to the class, “Stop being so concerned about looking dorky while doing yoga. We’re all dorks, so let’s embrace it!” Being a self-professed dork, I really appreciated her lighthearted approach! There is a reason why instead of saying that I “do yoga”, I say that I “play yoga”. If I can try to convince myself that I’m playing while I’m sweating it out though a pose that the teacher is telling us to hold way longer than is comfortable, I’m less likely to want to play the “I suck” tapes that you referred to.

    • @Kiryalaya – glad you found me. I LOVE my DBB and bought several last year to give to friends. I also have one in my truck (he dances right next to my DBJ, Dashboard Jesus. They’re pals now. It’s very cute). I love “play yoga” instead of “do yoga”. Sure, yoga is more than just asana practice but if substituting “play” for “do” doesn’t remind us all to lighten up and embrace our inner dorks, nothing will. I appreciate YOUR feedback because sometimes I feel I’m off alone in the corner playing the “I suck” tape. Let’s have a virtual “burn the I suck tape” party…you wanna? Burn baby burn! Ha Ha HA!

  5. Let’s hope everyone enjoyed a fantastic X-mas. I had to deal with a virus most of the Holiday and finally got our desktop computer wiped clean to be able to see your main current posting. Anyhow, more than enough complaining, Let’s hope you all experience a joyful new year & I wish you all good luck.

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