are you ready for the anti-yoga revolution?

While not officially aligned with The Anti-Yoga Revolution, this Vancouver shop expresses an anti-yoga sentiment felt by many.

Yoga has gotten some bad press this year, with near-hysterical hype about injuries, salacious viral video advertising, banned yoga pants, and the John Friend/Anusara scandal. But did you know there’s an actual revolution brewing? And it’s called The Anti-Yoga Revolution (AYR).

According to their website, The Anti-Yoga Revolution’s mission is to “promote the education of the general public as to the uselessness and in some cases harmfulness of yoga and the many better alternatives available.” The anonymous organizers behind the AYR claim:

Yoga has no practical benefits, it gives people a self-esteem boost by setting them very easy tasks so once they’ve done them, they get a sense of having actually exercised when they’ve in actual fact achieved little to nothing. These people then think they feel better because of a placebo effect. Once people have been tricked into thinking that yoga has all sorts of benefits, they go out and buy the DVDs and equipment; it’s a scam people.

But fear not, lovers of yoga! This revolution doesn’t seem to be a threat to the mega-force that we know and love. Besides a poorly conceived anti-yoga campaign and a graveyard of a forum, the AYR isn’t even on Twitter. As we all know, you can’t have a 21st century revolution without a Twitter account.

  1. Well, they sound like they’re at least “Twits”… :-0

  2. Bahahahahahahahahaa! That’s the funniest thing I’ve read all day. I’d like to see all SIX of their members hang out in plank or chaturanga for 5 minutes.

  3. There are too many things about yoga that are elitist, not body-positive, and too commercial. That’s the absolute limit of my sympathy with this backlash.

    I can say that when regular physical exercise has beaten down your joints and caused orthopedic problems and back problems, you are left with few movement modalities to choose from, unless you have major access to space-age fitness hardware and to legal and illegal doping …

    This is not even yet getting into the spiritual benefits, which are neither an illusion nor a threat to Western religion …

  4. obviously they’re not talking about real yoga…..

  5. Humorous that the first tab on the AYR website is “Shop.” The more things change . . .

  6. I find it funny that they blast the DVD yoga… Their argument is valid for it but as for my one on one yoga sessions I beg to differ!

  7. Wait. We don’t have a Twitter account…. Does that mean….

    DAMN YOU, EVER-NECESSARY SOCIAL MEDIA!!! (shaking fist at cracked sky)

    • yep, you better get on the twitter! it’s where all the action is. no need for pinterest, unless your idea of revolution is planning a wedding or redecorating your living room.

  8. really really funny!! and I don’t see anything on their “yoga alternatives” page…hmm…wonder what they suggest?!

    • I know exactly what they suggest, from their links in the article. (Believe me, any degree of sympathy to the backlash, which I do have some; and I drill down as deep as I could go.) But imagine if there were heavy proselytization of:

      Team sports
      Weight training
      Zumba (not sure about that one)

      It’s probably a reaction to seeing all these people with yoga mats running about. And a reaction to friends who won’t shut up.

  9. This depresses me on many levels, and it has nothing to do with the fact that these anonymous people are against yoga. It depresses me because instead of promoting whatever they believe is better, they want to start a “revolution” against yoga (and I recognize they assume yoga is purely an exercise regime, a belief to which I absolutely do not subscribe). When did it become necessary to start revolutions because of disagreements? When did it become necessary to demonize that which does not serve us personally? I love yoga. It touches me, moves me, inspires me, changes me, etc., but I am the very first person to say that while everyone CAN do yoga, not everyone SHOULD. I feel like this post is pretty tongue-in-cheek, and on one level, I see the hilarity in this situation, but it is just one more example of the current need to demonize instead of simply recognize that we all live different truths and what works for some does not work for all. The smaller the world gets, the more we are going to have to live that reality, yet the smaller the world gets, the more we want to shove our beliefs onto others. An anti-yoga revolution is, in many ways, the epitome of that toxic system.

  10. Haha, how silly. What an ugly website they have too!!

    People react badly to things they don’t fully understand…


  11. I hate them (anti-yoga revolution)…but totally agree with the window! I LOVE yoga…but never, ever wear workout clothes unless I am going to or from the gym, or yoga studio, or for a run…etc. I think it is hilarious how many people that never break a sweat spend money on expensive workout clothing because it is trendy and makes them look active!

  12. Yoga is not something to learn using books and DVDs and only a tiny bit of Yoga is related to bending and twisting the body. Some teacher-training programs go for more than four years full time in order to teach it properly to the mass. The trick is to know who to trust. There are wonderful yoga teachers in this world. Those teachers are changing the lives of people. I would not go and say medicine is bad because of a bad practitioner or two, or a hundred. I think this campaign is not fair.

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