Who says yoga can’t be funny? Certainly not Dan Damman and Chris Thomas.
Together, they’ve written a “mockumentary” poking fun at the yoga
world. Offering glimpses of the project through a series of videos,
which are quickly going viral, they make light of the commodification
of yoga, and the personality quirks of the people who practice it.
idea started when Damman saw a postcard for a trademarked yoga retreat.
He thought the idea behind it was kind of funny, “that someone was
offering yogis the chance to embrace their vision, but if they didn’t,
they might get sued.”
Soon, Damman, a yoga practitioner himself,
saw comedy in yogis everywhere, from the people breaking the speed limit
to get to class to others rushing into class to steal a coveted spot
for their mats.
He and Thomas describe their project, called The
Yogi™, as “a yoga-positive feature comedy about several fictitious yoga
posers competing in the Pose Off of the Century.”
Damman says their work is a counterbalance to the idea that yoga has to be so serious.
you see a situation that you’ve experienced, and you can relate to it,
there can be comedy in it. With yoga, there is comedy because we have to
battle our egos all of the time. We can’t observe ourselves, but we can
observe other people, that’s how we learn about ourselves.”
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