Is Tara Stiles getting spiritual? Not exactly. But she has a few things to say about the subject, and the yoga community. Perhaps in a response to her critics about dismissing spirituality and a lot of the traditional aspects of yoga in her “rebel” teaching (ie. chanting, the use of Sanskrit, sometimes anatomical names for body parts), last night yoga guru to the masses and virtual personal guru to Deepak Chopra, Tara Stiles, revealed more about her own thoughts on spirituality, and essential eschewing thereof, than she’s ever shared before.
During her spirited rambling she went on to slam “spiritual garb, wraps, bracelets and malas” as distractions and declared her preference for being a “conscious person who practices yoga” rather than a “yogi who wrongly believes of a spiritual existence outside of humanity.” Er…tell us how you really feel. Deepak, take us away?
While not going full Romney 47-percenter on us, the comments offer an indirect response to some of her detractors, and there are a few http://yogadork.com/news/tara-stiles-launches-slim-calm-sexy-yoga-to-acclaim-insult-revolt-see-marketing/ (marketing for the definitively titled books Slim, Calm, Sexy and Yoga Cures and new DVD This Is Yoga has raised some third eyebrows), at the same time insulting much of the yoga community, stating that the yoga bubble (note: not the one she’s profiting off of, the one some yogis live in) is not for her. Fair enough, yoga is for everyone, and samadhi knows too much guru can by way too much woo woo.
Well, however you roll your intention joint, we’re happy to see transparency from the yogapop star, who can be outspoken and approachable enough, except maybe when asked about her yoga education, which honestly at this point seems moot, anyway.
Here’s her full twitter-fed stream of consciousness for context, including retweets of her hubs Michael Taylor (remember it reads most recent tweet first):
What was in that tent anyway?
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