INNOVATOR: Jodhi Meares.
INNOVATOR: Jodhi Meares. Aap

New yoga fashion is stretching it a bit ...

IT NEVER ceases to amaze me the fortune-making opportunities that someone with an entrepreneurial mind can see while the rest of us are busy slaving away.

Of course, when you've been married to, and then divorced, one of the wealthiest people in Australia, you've probably got a fair chunk of cash under the mattress with which to pursue such visions.

If any normal person came up to you and said that there was money to be made from selling a range of clothes designed just for yoga, I reckon you'd probably tell them to get back to the here and now.

When Jodhi Meares comes up with the idea, the ears of major department store chains listen.

I have nothing against yoga or people who do yoga. I have never taken part in yoga but I wouldn't necessarily rule out giving it a go one day.

However, from my somewhat limited knowledge of yoga, I cannot see why the practice would require specialised clothing - in fact I was under the impression that one of the benefits of yoga was that you could go down to your local yoga arena and writhe about on the floor in your daggiest old dags without fear of judgment.

It seems I'm tragically mistaken on this as Ms Meares is set on becoming the Lorna Jane of yoga.

Answer me this, though.

What properties could a specialised piece of yoga apparel have that normal exercise clothing, or your normal 'round the house' gear doesn't have?

Well according to the label's website: "The Upside was born of a vision of how we believe women and men will dress in the future as we value the need to move, stretch, run and be still, as much as the need to eat, sleep, work and play".

Allow me to try to make sense of this statement.

Ms Meares is suggesting that, in the future, humans will value the need to move, stretch, run and enjoy a bit of a spell, while balancing it with the necessities of life like eating, sleeping, working, playing and visiting the loo.

I would be interested to know how the range helps us to do all these things.

For instance, is there a special, quick-release trapdoor built into the trousers of the ladies' $150 catsuit to allow for a speedy visit to the yoga centre toilets?

No, I'll bet you any money that Ms Meares didn't even consider incorporating that into the catsuit.

 

FEELING THE HEAT: Maria Sharapova puts an ice pack on her head during her match against Karin Knapp at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne.
FEELING THE HEAT: Maria Sharapova puts an ice pack on her head during her match against Karin Knapp at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne. FRANCK ROBICHONEPA

Tennis stars should just chill

THE Australian Open has a history of coinciding with the almost annual Melbourne heatwave, but you wouldn't know it by listening to the whinging of what are supposed to be the world's toughest and most skilful tennis players.

An unintended consquence of the ungodly temperatures experienced so far in Melbourne has been the separating of the men from the boys.

Already we have seen a number of otherwise talented players fall by the wayside, with some protesting that their matches should never have gone ahead while the mercury was over the 40-degree mark.

It's times like these you've got to be grateful for the likes of Roger Federer, who I think summed it up pretty well after winning his first-round match against Australian James Duckworth.

"It's just a mental thing," Federer told a press conference after his win in 40-degree heat.

"If you've trained hard enough your entire life, and you believe you can come through it, there's no reason (to quit). If you can't deal with it, you throw in the towel."

This is coming from a man who hails from Switzerland - a place where the average temperature in the middle of summer is a bit over 20 degrees celsius. If he can get through a match without carrying on about heart attacks or hallucinations, why can't the others?



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