Oh, this again. The latest issue of Yoga Journal (June 2017) is on the theme of “yoga for all.” We know this because it is loudly proclaimed at the top of the front cover (aka the money spot, visible from anywhere on the newsstand).… Read more
Hanging out on the internet and consuming media, especially as long-form writing, is pretty much my favourite thing to do. It’s almost part of my spiritual practice. It definitely informs my life and how I engage with the world. In my internet wanderings, even while IAYB was on hiatus, I find myself paying attention to how yoga is portrayed in mainstream media.… Read more
The upcoming Canadian election has got me taking many deep breaths, mumbling mantras under my breath while reading the news, and fighting the urge to take a long savasana until everyone goes to the polls on October 19.
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
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