My husband F and I have been noncommittally watching this season of The Voice – we never have time to sit through a whole episode, but it’s fun to watch, Cee-Lo’s clothes are hilarious, it’s seemingly always on, and even when it’s not on it’s available on demand, so even if we only have 15 minutes to sit down and relax, we can see what’s happening in the competition. So last night we were watching from 9:00 to 9:30 or so, and what a nice surprise it was to see Christina Aguilera making one of her contestants do yoga – and it was even normal yoga, not space-cadet woo-woo celebrity yoga! Christina had noticed that this singer was really tense, so she brought in her own yoga instructor for some stretching and relaxation. The one stretch they were shown doing was a seated twist, with the intention of opening the chest and opening up space in the lungs – which totally made sense, both as a description of the action in the pose and as an appropriate pose for this singer to be doing. How nice to see yoga presented in a realistic way as a practical solution! Kudos to Christina, who has, to be honest, been surprising me all season with how smart and down-to-earth she is. I don’t know if I’ll be adding “Genie in a Bottle” to my next yoga playlist, but I might just check out her next album.
Yoga in the News: Last Night’s Episode of The Voice November 19, 2013