"It's A Sexual Playground"?

Maybe I am the odd one out. But all throughout training, I rarely thought about sex. In fact, here are thoughts that frequently through my mind:
  • I am so tired.
  • Not another fucking late-night 4-hour movie, please!
  • Did he really just say, "When you go against nature, you get ...?"
  • I am so hungry.
  • I feel so bloated.
  • OMG... Your name is spelled "Sharon." Pronounce it fucking "Share-on!" Not "Shaw-ron!"
  • I am so tired.
  • Get your fucking feet off my mat and out of my face!
Yes... I was an angry yogi. And very much taking things personally at training. But out of the mush that my brain became of the nine weeks of Bikram Yoga Teacher Training, I never once saw the place as a hot bed of sexual activity.

So, this evening I picked up the February issue of Details magazine and read the article about teacher training...

First... I don't see teacher training as a cult. It's a necessary evil. It's what you need to do in order to teach this type of yoga. And I do believe passionately in this yoga... It's sequence. It's poses. The heat.

So maybe I am subscribing to that part of the cult. But would I call myself a "Bikram fanatic" and willing to do whatever for the man?


While I truly believe in the yoga that Bikram and his guru created, I don't see Bikram as my spiritual guru or someone I would want to spend time with personally. He is my yoga teacher. My yoga guru. And if he tells me to teach a pose a certain way, or to say dialogue a certain way... I do it. He knows best.

But the article claims that people are at teacher training to hook up in addition to becoming certified. And that they are going around screwing like bunnies. And, more disturbingly, some of them are there to get it on with Bikram himself.

All of this is true... But not to the degree the article states. Yes, people do hook up at training. But I only heard of a few people. The article makes it sound like there were orgies. And yes, I have heard the rumors that Bikram sleeps with female students... But I never knew anyone who did it.

In short, I would really hate for someone to read this article and think this is what teacher training is like. I don't want men thinking it is a place to go and land "easy scores." I don't want women to think that they have to fear being preyed on... Or that if they aren't down with sex they will be left out socially while there.

Now, I realize this is Details magazine. It is not exactly a legitimate source of entertainment news. I have written for magazines myself. I know, as a writer, you have to put a "sexy spin" on your pitch in order to get something greenlit for spec and then published.

"They had to write that article," The Husband said. "Other wise it wouldn't have been published."

Teacher training is hard work. It is exhausting. Emotions run rampant. For me, none of them were sexual emotions. But again, maybe I am the odd one out.