People often ask me why I “do” yoga. This is usually followed by: jokes about guys doing yoga, questions about levitation, and references to contortion. Once the laughter settles, I’ll answer in one of several ways. If the question comes from a guy or group of guys who are joking about “guys doing yoga,” I say something about how horrible it is to be the only guy in a room full of women. That usually gets their attention. If the question comes from an overly-muscled person who questions the “manliness” of yoga, I usually respond in the form of an asana. Usually eka pada koundinyasana that transitions into a variation of Mayurasana.
When the question comes from someone who really wants to know “why I do yoga,” I will sit down and tell them about my yoga journey.