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