The 'oversexualization' of yoga in a US magazine has received criticism, as not everyone is happy to see the practice portrayed in a sexy, commercial context. The October issue Yoga Journal has a black and white Toesox ad featuring well-known yoga teacher Kathryn Budig in a variation on a handstand, reports the Globe and Mail. Apart from a pair of the organic-cotton non-slip yoga socks, she's naked, strategically positioned to reveal no body parts that would be considered scandalous on Sesame Street. Respected fitness photographer Jasper Johal has shot the image. Judith Hanson Lasater, one of the founding editors of Yoga Journal 35 years ago, wrote a letter to the magazine that ran in its September issue. In it, she expressed her sadness and confusion over the "photos of naked or half-naked women" and how they relate to the practice of yoga. Yoga blogs and message boards jumped on her response, mostly in agreement. "Hats off to Judith for having the courage to speak out against sexualized yoga advertising!" wrote Montrealer Roseanne Harvey on itsallyogababy.com. "Everyone thinks they know what yoga is and it's become just about asana [poses] and body," said Hanson Lasater, the former Yoga Journal editor. "[Nudity] is a natural thing and not a bad thing. I love beauty in all its forms, but is this objectification what we want to combine with yoga? ," she added. Kaitlin Quistgaard, Yoga Journal's editor-in-chief, doesn't think readers are necessarily prudish or unaware of the way advertising works. "It's that they're protective of yoga," she said. "They might subscribe to Yoga Journal and also to Vogue ... and have different expectations," she added.Source: ANI << More Research Needed To Prescribe Testosterone For Elderly ... 50% of Women Don't Check Their Breasts For Cancer >> Recommended Reading Benefits of Meditation / Meditation Therapy Meditation therapy is one of the best Alternative Therapies. It is a Mind-Body Medicine. READ MORE Importance of Doing Yoga | Benefits of Yoga Yoga is good for overall health. It is a practice which controls an individual's mind, body and soul. The benefits of practicing yoga are a healthy and balanced life. READ MORE Yoga For Health - Animation Animation for yoga asanas. Yoga helps to maintain a healthy balance of the body,with its set of movements or exercises READ MORE Patanjali Yoga / Types of Yoga Yoga keeps both the body and mind healthy. There are many types of yoga practices such as Patanjali, Hatha, Vinyasa and Power yoga. READ MORE Breast Cancer - Prevention and Management with Lifestyle Changes Lifestyle choices may or may not cause breast cancer but healthy lifestyle changes can open up avenues beyond breast cancer. Good habits will allow one to fight breast cancer and to live with dignity. READ MORE Does Yoga help you grow Taller Yoga is one very effective exercise – to add a few inches to your height -- when done correctly and diligently. With yoga a person can cleanse oneself physically as well as improve their mental faculties. READ MORE Exercise and Fitness Exercise is about revamping your lifestyle, not just weight loss. Exercise to get healthy – that way, you’ll last longer at it and get better results. READ MORE Meditation: Just For The Mind? We meditate to calm the mind and perceive inner self through spirituality. On the other hand, we also meditate to relieve stress and ease other lifestyle disorders. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Blood Pressure Calculator The Essence of Yoga Sanatogen More News on: Diabetes MellitusYogaStress Relief Through Alternative MedicineDoes Yoga help you grow TallerBenefits of Meditation / Meditation TherapyExercise and FitnessBreast Cancer - Prevention and Management with Lifestyle ChangesMeditation: Just For The Mind?