Butthead’s Beat: Feeling stressed? Try doing ‘down dog’


Just in case anyone missed this column, Butthead butted out for a much-needed sabbatical. He is now back in the firing line.

WOE are we all as the recession starts to bite HARD and politicians who can do something about it squabble about who is sleeping with whom.

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If they carry on this way we will ALL be ‘screwed’ sooner than later.

A word of advice: If you are battling to cope with the stresses of today, don’t do drugs, don’t do booze (well, not too much)… do yoga.

Macho types might scoff at this idea and say that it’s a chick thing, but they would be wrong.

While on a sabbatical, Butthead took a page out of his hero Hunter S Thompson’s book and went into the realms of ‘gonzo journalism’. In a nutshell, that’s a journalist who actually becomes part of something to be able to report on the subject in more depth.


Thompson donned leathers and became a Hell’s Angel, Butthead donned lycra and became a yoga queen. (OK, that’s an exaggeration.)

Hey, guys, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. One will find a ‘yogini’ (female insturctor) in virtually every community hall on the South Coast. Butthead is now striving to become a ‘yogi’ (male instructor) as there are none of those.

This is not because yoga can’t be a multi-sex thing, but some of the positions can be a bit embarrassing. For example ‘downward-facing dog’ or ‘down dog’, as yogini Sandy Morris calls it (see inset).

Thanks so much to the wonderful ladies I joined for Sandy’s classes at the Tweni library on Monday and Tuesday mornings.

At first, the testosterone came to the fore as a typical male is inclined to turn everything into a competition. There were soon puddles of sweat around the mat as every muscle was stretched to the limit to prove a point.

The truth is, poses should really be quite comfortable and well within one’s capabilities.

In other words, if you can’t get your ankle to go around your head, don’t do it.

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Yoga is all about one’s self, concentrating on breathing properly, stretching under-utilised muscles gently… and just a tad further each time.

It’s almost a spiritual experience, ending off with 10 minutes of just breathing and concentrating on relaxing every part of one’s body. One eventually eases out of a trance, feeling at peace with the world, even if it’s only for a few moments. Try it, Cyril.


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