The recent Jivamukti sexual abuse allegations have reignited a long-running conversation on power dynamics, teacher-student relationships, and cult-like status within the yoga community. Each time news breaks of another guru abusing their power, the yogasphere erupts in further controversy, but as much talk and (sometimes therapeutic) conversation there is, are we really making progress when [...]
Petition Calls For Standardized Abuse Awareness Training For Yoga Teachers, Appeals To Yoga Alliance
The Ultra Spiritual JP Sears is back with another yoga lampooning. This time he's ready for his closeup, Mr. Instagram! And he's got some tips for you, too. "The three most important things in my life are God, my family, and my Instagram account. And not necessarily in that order," JP shares in a moment [...]
We've all had our wobbly moments at some point—and many of us still do on the regular. That's why we got a kick out of this Wobble Yoga computer game from Jenny Jiao Hsia, which not only reminds you what it was like to try yoga for the first (or thousandth) time, but also that it's [...]
In 1992, George H.W. Bush committed what was considered a fatal error during a debate with Bill Clinton and Ross Perot. As an audience member asked him a question, he glanced at his watch. The gesture was seen as rude and inexcusable, one more indication that this president, born into wealth, was out of touch and uninterested in the rest of us.
As modern humans we often put our feet through some medieval torture. Shoes, for example. And even though they're at the bottom of our bodies and we may hardly glance in their direction, our feet are pretty key to our overall health and well-being. And this is why we find it paramount to keep our [...]
How many times in your life have you been reminded or guided to “just take a deep breath” in a moment of panic, frustration, anger, pain, etc? As reassuring (or sometimes annoying) as this suggestion can be, there is a fundamental truth to this piece of advice on how we can calm ourselves down and sooth our nervous system in times of distress or strong emotional upwelling.
As oxymoronic as it sounds, we keep hearing more about rage yoga, and every time we do, this is what we picture: The Power Of The Mind! So. OK. We'll bite. A very rage-less bite. Tell us, what is Rage Yoga? [reyj yoh-guh] noun: a practice involving stretching, positional exercises and bad humor, with the [...]
This photo is breaking the internets. OK. Not Kardashian breakage. But mommy and me yoga cuteness overload breakage. Mom of two, Drew Barrymore, posted this photo to her instagram on Wednesday with caption, "Princess Elsa came to our mother daughter yoga class. #magicdays #iloveolive." Her daughter's name is Olive, and apparently Olive loves Elsa! (From [...]
How many gurus' feet have you kissed? Asana kissers are everywhere, even in yoga, but that's not what this is about. It is about power dynamics and student-teacher relations and cult-ish environments. And sexual harassment and boundaries, and integrity and dignity. In February, news broke about yet another sex scandal in the yoga community. A [...]