men & yoga: eoin finn, waylon lewis & other dudes discuss the lack of dudes in yoga culture

Jun 25, 2013 by

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I have to admit that I don’t spend too much time wondering where the boys are in yoga culture. I’m personally interested how yoga can be more inclusive of diverse populations, which may or may not include men.

But some men probably wonder why they are the minority in many yoga classes. On Wednesday, June 26 six men will dig into men’s relationship with yoga. Supposedly sparked by this blog post by Wanderlust co-founder Sean Hoess, yoga teacher Eoin Finn, elephant journal founder Waylon Lewis, Miami-based yoga teacher Cameron Shayne, and Wanderlust yoga director Chris Cuevas will join Hoess in an exciting “blog comment Q&A/panel.” Not really sure why they opted for this medium when modern technology enables things like “webinars” and “Google Hangouts.”

Anyway, here are some statistics:

  • 85% of Wanderlust festival participants are women
  • 82% of American yoga practitioners are women
  • American women earned 77.4% of men’s earnings in 2010, based on median annual earnings for full-time, year-round workers (via catalyst.org)
  • In 2010 only 2.4% of the U.S. Fortune 500 chief executives were female (via forbes.com)
  • On average, every six days a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner. In 2009, 67 women were murdered by a current or former spouse or boyfriend. (via canadianwomen.org)

Just trying to put things into perspective. Maybe women need to get off their yoga mats and into positions of power. Maybe men do need to practice more yoga. Who knows! Let’s see what the panel of esteemed men have to say about all this and more.

Men & Yoga: An Online Q&A
Wednesday, June 26, 1pm PST / 4pm EST
Location: this Wanderlust Journal blog post

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  1. Thanks, Roseanne. I’ll look forward to your report/analysis.

    Bob

  2. Thanks for bringing attention to this, Roseanne. I would argue that women need to stay on their yoga mats and spend more time there… At least for me, this practice has given me confidence, empowered me to go after things I want, and given the courage to step up and be a leader. Men… Well, I’m sure yoga will help them find more balance, too.. Whatever that means for them.

  3. A little column A and a little from column B. Finding the balance that works and changing the balance in the world.

    Sounds way more like a bad salada tea slogan reading it than it sounded in my head…. ;-)

  4. EastEndYogi

    I think it’s also interesting to note how men and women in yoga are differently portrayed… We see a lot of lady flesh gracing magazine covers and ads for “stuff”, but men most often turn up in the role of teachers/gurus/academics (with some notable exceptions, of course!!)

    Why and how has this happened?

    Obviously in an historical context we can see that men were given these teachings first, but it troubles me to no end that most of the leadership roles taken within many of the yoga communities that I have observed are men – a reflection on the stats you note above re: women in capitalist culture.

    I don’t really know where I’m going with this – except to say that it would be very invigorating to see a shift in the dominant patriarchy of contemporary NA yoga culture

    • Excellent questions, EastEndYogi – ones I have often pondered. 85% of wanderlust participants may be women, but the speaker/teacher roster has a much different percentage.

  5. What I always find interesting in exploring topics like these is the knee jerk assumption that something is inherently wrong when certain activities are not fully integrated with an equal number of men and women. If more women than men prefer a given activity there seems to be an automatic push to change that, and vice versa. If men like something more than women, someone will be appointed (or volunteer) to change it so more women will participate. We are talking about a voluntary practice here, not equality in the workplace. We aren’t doing it wrong as women if the majority of men don’t want to participate. Likewise, I don’t consider the management of a given activity populated mostly by men flawed if it doesn’t interest women. I don’t see the yoga community shutting out men, banning men, or undervaluing male students so what’s the harm in letting the scales remain unbalanced in their natural state? I love it when male students attend my classes but I don’t see the point in trying to fix something that isn’t broken (and lack of male interest is not enough to convince me that it is in fact broken).

  6. Sorry to miss this (I was travelling).
    1.Can any one tell me “what the panel of esteemed men have to say about all this and more.”?
    2. Are they doing anything about it?

    Any input greatly appreciated,

    Thank you for helping YoGuy help others.

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