• Thu, Jan 3 2013

Fox News Reports That Kids’ Yoga Proves The Trend That Is The Wussification Of America

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It’s the first week of the year, and everyone’s reporting on trends of the past, present and future now that we’re in the year 2013. Yesterday, ABC News reported that “more yoga practitioners are pint-sized,” explaining that it’s the “fastest-growing sport in America”–especially amongst kids. Fox News was perturbed. In their humble opinion, teaching kids yoga is contributing to the real trend of 2013: “The wussification of America.”

To prove the theory, they dragged a parenting expert onto the show: Larry Winget, author of a new book called “Your Kids Are Your Own Fault.” One of his primary arguments seems to be that “if it doesn’t have a ball, it’s not a sport,” and that kids reared on yoga alone will wither and die. Or at least, contribute to what Fox News the disturbing trend of…we aren’t really clear on that, actually.

YogaDork, who alerted us to the news segment, pretty much summed up our thoughts in a mid-post rant:

Here’s the thing, no one’s arguing with you Winget, Fox and friends. (Well, maybe Bikram, but he’s used to scuffles.) Is yoga a sport? Moot. Who cares? Besides, according to these guys you need a ball to call it a sport, and that term should be reserved for tough things like…fishing or hunting? Oh, wait. Nevermind other popular ball-less sports like track and field, gymnastics, swimming, diving, wrestling, equestrian and any kind of racing. Again, moot.

But as YogaDork also says, it’s worth combatting the misinformation and misconceptions thrown around on Fox News. While competitive sports do teach valuable lessons, I don’t think they’re necessarily lost on kids (or adults) who practice yoga instead of playing soccer.

Winget explained the “problem” with kids doing yoga instead of sports in more detail:

“Listen if nobody’s keeping’ score, it ain’t a sport. […] The problem is, it’s all about yourself, it’s singular, it’s not interactive. Sports are interactive. They teach you to socialize with others, to work as a team. They teach you to get knocked down, and then get back up. You don’t get that unless you slip on your mat, in yoga, and that’s not gonna teach you anything.”

Something tells me he’s never tried arm balances, or a class so hard you have to curl up into child’s pose out of exhaustion and embarrassment at your inferior form. (And for that matter, I’d argue that “singular” sports like running, swimming, and track can all teach valuable lessons about winning and losing, despite the fact that there’s no score, and no ball.)

Watch the video below and tell us which part you think is most ridiculous. It’s a tough choice.

Photo: flickr user Doe, John

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1073351142 Björn Luminaire

    Conservatives loathe anything that develops self-awareness, with self-awareness comes the ability for critical thinking & critical thinkers always question the status quo.

    • mm

      SO true!

  • Fabel

    Oh god, my workplace insists on keeping Fox news on in the break area, so I saw the “teaser” for this yesterday & wondered how they could possibly be turning yoga into a bad thing. At least they’re not decrying it as anti-Christian or something (which, at the time, is where I kinda thought they were gonna go with this)

  • http://twitter.com/laurenislost Lauren Lever

    but, but.. Acro-yoga is interactive and partner based, okay, not going to get pissed off at conservatives before noon..

    • http://twitter.com/laurenislost Lauren Lever

      AND… yoga/pilates can have a ball!

  • Brian Phillips

    Part of the problem of the argument here is that they’re calling yoga a sport. It’s not a “sport”. Don’t compare it to baseball, cycling, gymnastics, etc. It’s not intended to be a competitive thing.

  • Aruna – Young Yoga Masters

    Many sports athletes do yoga to improve their game both physically and mentally. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing (but it can be).

  • http://www.facebook.com/dale.stringham Dale Stringham

    I think we should invite the Fox “News” team to a couple of yoga sessions. It’s not a “sport” per se, but it requires strength, coordination, balance, focus and stamina–things that not all sports require.