As a community we’ve been through controversies before. As a blog we’ve had the opportunity to report or respond to them in a rather public manner. And that’s because this blog is part of the world wide web and anyone who feels moved to do so, can come and read, participate or lurk. We at YD do our best to provide the yoga news with a light heart, but a balanced and inquisitive mind. We present the information and leave it up to you to converse, debate, share and discuss.
When approached by the recent controversy, there was initial hesitance to post about it because of the gravity of the subject and the potential of causing disturbance. Was the disturbance worth it? we had to ask ourselves. The decision to post didn’t come from the lack of ‘journalistic standards’ as has been alluded to, nor any lack of mindfulness or yogicness, nor a desire to take the seemingly high and mighty road of commenting by not commenting and putting the non-comment on the front page of our site. Instead, it was made because we felt the responsibility to open the conversation, and to present the opportunity for either defending or denying by parties involved. It is simply here for open discussion. And if it wasn’t on YD first, you can bet it would have been on someone else’s front page instead.
Just to be clear, this blog is about yoga: the good, the bad, the not so pretty. Controversy is a word we’re all too familiar with in the yoga world especially lately, but we don’t necessarily see this as an entirely bad thing. Where there is light, there is dark. And where there is dark, we can bring things to light. And apparently we’re not alone on this. There are other blogs, like Recovering Yogi, who have built their entire business out of controversial disenchantment with the yoga world, or as they put it, “counterculture to the pop spirituality trend.”
We’re not interested in keeping quiet on things that could affect many people in the long run just because yoga somehow exists in a bubble of shiny shakti. We’re not interested in pussy-footing around the subject of illegality, misrepresentations or delusions. What we are interested in is intelligent discourse, opening up conversations that could very well have been kept quiet for years and for myriad reasons.
No one asked Elena Brower, Amy Ippoliti or Christina Sell to publicly announce their Anusara departures. They chose to do so and to keep their reasons vague. When, after the series of breakups and years of rumors, accusations arose with visible proof and personal experience to back them up, deciding to ‘break’ the news and become a target was a tough call to make. Our intention was, and is, to bring clarity, and we welcome everyone to step forward to categorically falsify or codify the claims if compelled to do so. For our part, we will try our best to gather that information for you on either side, because that’s what we do.
Meanwhile, we will, of course, continue to offer our best version of wittiness in our take on yoga news in culture, science, research, hilarious viral videos, yoga books, celebriyogis, airport yoga, toilet yoga, teaching yoga, practicing yoga, what we’re thinking about when we’re supposed to be doing yoga, etc. We invite you to join us.