twerking is actually an ancient yoga move, claims NYC yoga instructorAfter Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance last month, even my mom knows what twerking is now. Recently added to the Oxford Dictionary, twerk is defined as a “dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.”

The roots of twerking are generally assumed to be the early 90s New Orleans bounce scene (see VH1’s complete history of twerking for the full story), but one NYC-based yoga instructor is making the claim that twerking is actually an ancient yoga move.… Read more

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twerking is actually an ancient yoga move, claims NYC yoga instructor

After Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance last month, even my mom knows what twerking is now. Recently added to the Oxford Dictionary, twerk is defined as a “dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.”

The roots of twerking are generally assumed to be the early 90s New Orleans bounce scene (see VH1’s complete history of twerking for the full story), but one NYC-based yoga instructor is making the claim that twerking is actually an ancient yoga move.

“Although twerking can be traced back as far as 20 years in pop and hip hop culture its roots may very well rest in the ancient traditions of yoga from thousands of years ago,” Barbara Purcell told UK tabloid, Daily Express.

She also said, “Yoga teaches an energy system within the body involving various energy points known as chakras. They basically move from our root, up the spine, to the crown. Lower chakra work with a bit of a twerk which is a sexually-charged move really helps this area – and it’s proven very popular so far.”

Apparently Purcell has created a twerking-inspired yoga workout for clients. Since, you know, it’s part of the ancient tradition of yoga.

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  1. I would LOVE to know the direct source texts Barbara Purcell is citing in her claim– and I look forward to the day when actual Sanskrit sources can take the prominent seat in Modern Yoga culture and practice that they deserve. Until then, claims like this that exploit the exotic are destructive to the genuine authenticity of the Yoga tradition and to the credibility of contemporary practitioners and teachers.

    Good take with the article, though. Your concluding wit supports the call for a more scholarly approach in clearly identifying the real ‘tradition’ behind modern interpretations of Yoga.

    Thanks,
    Ina

  2. Oh my, Roseanne, this is priceless! Thanks!