"This sh** is hard," says one NBA player when describing yoga in an article in the online magazine Slam about the growing interest of yoga in the NBA. Some teams have on-site teachers during the season, while others direct their players to practice during off-season.
In the piece, author Kyle Stack talks about how yoga helps NBA players deal with the intense stress and strain of their job--and the clash of cultures that can happen when yoga meets the money, fame, and pressure that goes with professional sports.
"That there is even one NBA team which has a yoga
instructor on the payroll is fairly surprising," he writes. "Yoga has a fundamental
association with nature and soft music and showing one's sensitive side.
That doesn't jive with an NBA environment that is filled with
aggressiveness, even ruthlessness. 'Soft' doesn't work; NBA players can
read through someone trying to tap into their inner self."
We want to know: Should yoga adapt itself to its environment or remain true to it's original format?