Oh, hi! Perhaps you’ve seen the latest article in The New York Times, “Rebel Yoga” profiling NYC’s sanskrit-eschewing studio owner, model cum yogi/Deepak teacher, overall pleasant person, Tara Stiles, where YD got a special “Critics” corner quote. Heyyy! While we at YD feel it was accurate, let’s hang on 5 breaths, before we get our scrutinies in a scramble, and clear up this fun quote that was framed so nicely as to make me, JC, out to be a fascist yoga snob. The comment is, quite literally, commentary.
Critics abound. Jennilyn Carson, the blogger known as Yogadork, cites “deep practitioners who feel it is a disrespect to what the practice is” for Ms. Stiles to pitch yoga as another quickie weight-loss regimen. “It’s not a few minutes a day, it’s not fitness, it’s a lifestyle,” Ms. Carson said.
continued…”to practitioners who consider yoga to be a lifelong study.” You can read others’ passionate comments that were “cited” here. But, hey if that paints us as snotty yogarazzi in need of a neti cleanse, we’re pranayam-ers, we can handle it.
Anyway, we’re not going to continue splitting hairs. There’s plenty o’ controversy, varying approaches, and myriad types of practitioners in today’s yoga world. Some come to yoga seeking out a spiritual practice, some may fumble across it in Eka Pada Baddha Parivrtta Parsva Konasana, while others couldn’t give a flying crane about digging towards divinity and would prefer the physical high of chaturanga pushups (or Bikram’s berating, bless his heart). There’s room for all. But, heavens to Betsy, don’t expect us not to talk about it!
It’s yoga. Yoga is as yoga does. We’re proud to host a site where yogis of all kinds can come and share their voice. Let’s keep the conversation going. Why else are we here?