May 3, 2012 by Roseanne
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.