RECLINING BOUND ANGLE POSE
(Supta Baddha Konasana):
Supta Baddha Konasana, or reclining bound angle pose for those of you not fluent in Sanskrit, is one of my absolute favourite restorative poses. It’s great for releasing anxiety, fatigue and hip tension.
Apparently it’s also great for releasing testicles.
It was my 3rd time ever teaching yoga. I sat down on my mat and asked everyone to bring the soles of their feet together.
Front row centre.
Super short shorts.
I’m not uncomfortable with nudity. I did, after all, work as an entertainer for Club Med in Mexico with a group of Europeans right out of University. But I will admit that I was uncomfortable seeing a man’s testicles fall out of his shorts.
“Live in the moment”, I told myself, “It’s just a body.”
And BAWDY it was. Each pose brought a slightly different aspect of the parts. I saw the women around him looking at each other uncomfortably. Do I speak to it? Do I talk to him later about more appropriate attire? Is it really my place to tell the man what he should wear to yoga class? Why am I so freaked out by this man’s testicles???
It was the longest class of my life. Finally we were at Corpse pose. Savasana. A final resting pose for all of us.
Unsure of how to handle the situation and not wanting to embarrass the man, I waited until everyone left and them gently suggested he might be more comfortable in something a little longer. He nodded politely and I never saw his private parts again.
TONI’S WISDOM NUGGET:
If you can feel cool air on your genitals while in class, consider wearing something tighter, longer or different.
Unless you’re going to naked yoga, in which case you can bring out the boys, the girls and anyone else who wants to play.