a blog about yoga & other things

Provoking thought & shining a critical light on yoga culture ~ while celebrating community, service, creativity, the independent spirit and good ol’ fun.

activism, yoga

moksha yoga pulls together for first nations legal action

 in activism, yoga
It’s not unusual to see yoga organizations and studios champion for a cause, raising funds with yoga marathons and endless rounds of sun salutations. The preferred causes in the yoga world tend to be related to food, animals, or women in developing countries, especially in connection with established global non-profit organizations.… Read more
body image, yoga, yoga therapy

hunger, hope & healing: an interview with sarahjoy marsh

 in body image, yoga, yoga therapy
Millions of North Americans suffer from disordered eating—compulsive or stress eating, and restricting—marked by obsessive food thoughts, guilt, and body-hatred. Lurching from overindulgence to deprivation, chronic dieters grasp at the latest diet fads. Even more startling, up to 24 million Americans of all ages and genders suffer from eating disorders: binge eating disorder, anorexia, and bulimia—linked to depression, they have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.… Read more
body image, pop culture, yoga

why i ditched yoga for a dance fitness class called partyfit

 in body image, pop culture, yoga
Okay, I haven’t ditched yoga entirely, but I have stopped attending asana classes in favour of a high-intensity dance fitness workout. At Partyfit, there are club lights and a disco ball and hot-bodied instructors in sports bras yelling “Wooo!” at random intervals while we follow their choreographed moves to top 40 songs.… Read more
activism, media, politics, yoga

race & yoga conference: possibilities, practices & politics

 in activism, media, politics, yoga
Even the most casual observer of yoga sees it as a practice associated with white people in the West. The dominant image of the North American yoga practitioner is a white, slender, able-bodied woman. But there a rising groundswell of practitioners who are thinking critically about this image, and confronting the implicit racism within modern yoga culture.… Read more
interviews, media, news, yoga

indie documentary, who owns yoga? crowdfunds for feature-length film

 in interviews, media, news, yoga
Last fall, Al Jeezera quietly launched a short documentary, Who Owns Yoga? Produced by Bhanu Bhatnagar, a yoga teacher and journalist, with filmmakers Micah Garen and Marie-Hélène Carleton, the 48-minute film explored the modern obsession with yoga and asked difficult questions about ownership, cultural appropriation and commercialization.… Read more
reviews, yoga

connection & community: 2015 victoria yoga conference review

 in reviews, yoga
I’ve been living in Victoria for six months, but still haven’t had much of a chance to get to know the local yoga community. I’ve also been deeply homesick for the beautiful yoga community I left in Montreal. As a newbie to the city, I have been looking for a way to feel connected with other practitioners – and this is exactly what the Victoria Yoga Conference offered.… Read more