Yoga is a wonderful tool, but “it hasn’t all been roses” as author, yoga teacher and prominent yoga blogger Matthew Remski points out in his promo video for the forthcoming book, What Are We Actually Doing in Asana?. Modern Postural Yoga (or MPY as Remski refers to it) is what we know as our contemporary and very asana-driven yoga practice. This is not necessarily “wrong” per se, but when Remski put out the call for stories and experiences from practitioners about injuries – both physical and emotional – sustained in these asana-heavy classes, he received an overwhelming flood of responses (and almost everyone had an injury story to tell). Thus began #WAWADIA (What Are We Actually Doing in Asana?), a series of essays and blog posts transcribed from interviews and drawn from personal emails and posted to Remski’s website to shed light on what can be a “shadowy process” when asana is both a tool for growth and embitterment, empowerment and disenchantment.
Taking the project beyond the web, Remski is planning to do further research and compile everything into a book, to be released in september 2016. To that end, he’s just launched an indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to help make that happen, and to go beyond the “happy veneer of contemporary yoga marketing.”
His intentions for the book (via the campaign page):
- To produce an accurate, contemplative, and hopeful account of modern yoga practice that will serve a maturing community.
- To help shift yoga culture into a more self-reflective era. To help reach beyond the fading paradigms of faith, charismatic authority, and the transcendent and often self-harming view of the body as something that must be perfected, instead of simply made more functional, enjoyed and explored with curiosity.
- To shine light on the innovative pathways that are emerging as earnest yogis recover from the injuries of yoga’s adolescence.
To read the full 52-page prospectus, including the thesis, projected budget outline and draft excerpts, click here.
The crowdfunding campaign launched November 1 and will close December 1. Watch the campaign video below, then head over to the WAWADIA campaign page for more info or to make a contribution: