I think this pose deserves its own post. I have previously noted the surprising overlap between yoga and pole dancing. Each class warms up with a mini yoga stretching session, but there are also several yoga-inspired poses half-way up the pole from Tree pose to the Yogini. Most of these are far too advanced for me, but I did start working on the Buddha pose.
I usually have enough trouble sitting in the Lotus position on the ground, yet alone a foot in the air. Orlee taught us was a little easier variant. Instead of going fully cross-legged, the sole of one foot rests directly on the pole giving you a better grip. I still have to get used to holding on to the pole with the legs and thighs, not just with the hands and feet. My attempt was eventually successful though off-balance and brief. One new girl nailed it on her first try. Done correctly it looks effortless – almost like levitation.
It reminds me of that other form of cross-legged levitation – yogic flying. Devout followers of the Maharishi believe that through transcendental meditation, the body will eventually overcome the forces of gravity and rise into the air – though perhaps it should more accurately be called the yogic butt bounce. Furthermore, if enough bouncing yogis are assembled together, the collective positive energy is supposed to achieve world peace. I can’t really disagree with them; I just dare you to try watching without breaking a smile.
“Yogic flying” with National Geographic