Yes, I bought him yoga shorts.
I was feeling brave. I bought my guy a pair of yoga shorts for his birthday. As he unwrapped his gift I was afraid to watch the expression on his face. For us as a couple, this simple gift had the potential to open a new chapter of our relationship. The shorts I had picked out were fairly short and even had liners in them… definitely new territory.
Yoga hasn’t exactly been a cornerstone of our relationship. We’re the kind of couple that thoroughly embraces the philosophy, “Those who play together stay together.” Oh yes, we do our share of playing: from skiing to SUP, we’re playtime professionals. Unfortunately, yoga didn’t immediately qualify.
Early on in our relationship we walked into a yoga studio and plunked our mats down side by side. My guy made it only a few minutes into the class before bailing. I could tell from his stifled smirks while holding downward dog that he felt uncomfortable sticking his butt up in the air, particularly in a room full of girls (in our small town most classes are still dominated by the ladies). When I walked out of class with my eyebrows raised he claimed that old sports injuries made yoga painful for him. Though I felt a regular yoga practice could be the perfect tonic, I sighed and decided that yoga was something that we simply wouldn’t share together.
Turns out I was wrong! I’ve become such a firm believer in the power of yoga for athletes that I came up with a revised motto, “Those who want to play together for a long time, also practice yoga.” I sang yoga praises and created a special yoga room in the house. Though I never pressured my guy to do yoga with me I did my best to lead by example.
One day, mid-ski season, he asked if I’d go to an evening yoga class with him. He timidly explained that his legs were tight from skiing and that yoga might help. I tried to keep my expression neutral as my mind danced in celebration.
I decided it was time. After three years together, I would buy my guy a pair of yoga shorts. I’m a firm believer that when it comes to yoga, as with any sport, the right gear makes all the difference. However, this simple gift ended up going way beyond material to become a three-step process that yielded surprising results:
- Careful selection. Though my guy loves his Carhartts, they’re a yoga nightmare. Not only is he guy picky about his clothes, he’s a stranger to form fitting yoga clothing in general. These had to be GOOD! I deliberated over every kind of yoga short on the market before deciding on a pair that I prayed would work. Fit, comfort, style, pockets, and color choice could make or break this bold gift. The pressure was on.
- He wore them right away! The fact that he didn’t burst out laughing and hide them in the costume section of his closet was enough to make me want to get up and dance.
- We now practice yoga together and are actually enjoying it. I can honestly say that this is one of the sweetest aspects of our relationship thus far. Simply being in silence together is a beautiful experience that we both look forward to. Together we’re exploring a variety of different styles, from power yoga to restorative. We encourage and support each other with trying new poses, but are also sensitive to each other’s limits, a theme that has spilled over into our relationship as a whole.
I’m liking these new yoga shorts more and more all the time! Sure, we still giggle about having our butts up in the air, but the healing powers of yoga have prevailed and our relationship has been strengthened. Not only are we hoping that yoga will keep us out there playing for a long time, we’re also enjoying doing yoga together!
Are you ready to give the gift of yoga shorts? The results may be tremendous!
TAMARA JACOBI is the co-owner, hostess, website-designer, bookings manager, and expedition guide for Tailwind Outdoor, a family-owned eco-lodge and adventure tour company in San Pancho, Mexico. She is a lifelong athlete whose accomplishments include completion of 2 marathons, sea kayaking 850 miles down the Baja's Sea of Cortez, mountain biking 2000 miles of the USA's continental divide trail, mountaineering up Pico de Orizaba's 18,700 feet, and more. She is also a passionate trail runner and practicing yogini... more »