meet me at Kripalu

For those who have studied in the Krishnamacharya/Desikachar Yoga tradition or for those who are wondering about it, June 2018 will give you a good opportunity to experience what that tradition is all about and you don’t have to go to India. Leslie Kaminoff has put together a weekend in tribute to T.K.V. Desikachar at…

Sí se puede y viva la huelga!

In case you can’t read Spanish or are too young to know what the title means, I wrote “Yes, you can” and basically, “long live the strike!”  A strike is one of the most powerful tools workers can use to fight business owners.  “Viva la huelga” was the rallying cry of Chicano farm workers in…

ask me again why I don’t teach in yoga studios

Chicago area yoga studios still pay their teachers SHIT. $6 a student?  I was paid $5 a student at a Geneva IL studio 10 YEARS AGO.  The owner also gave out “first class free” passes all over the Fox Valley and guess whose yin class she’d send them to because she thought yin yoga was…

where in the world (2010)

After 5 trips to India I finally made it to the north, to the banks of the Ganges in Haridwar, a city in the foothills of the Himalayas. I was attending the Maha Kumbh Mela, the largest spiritual gathering for Hindus that has gone on for milennia.  Me and about two million of my closest…

baby steps

I hope that everyone who told me since I started this blog in 2005 that I should write a book will buy it when it comes out.  Y’all, put your money where your mouths are! OK, it’s not published yet but I am taking baby steps. I wish I had a $1 for every email…

Viniyoga (trademarked) and #MeToo

The more things change, the more they stay the same, huh?  Life in this here Modern Yoga World. I’m coming out of self-imposed writing exile to write about Kausthub Desikachar again.  The latest is that he trademarked the word “Viniyoga.”   Here is his justification for the trademark.   The word “viniyoga” is in the Yoga Sutra-s…

no more free lunch

“Emotional labor.” What does that mean to you? On her Facebook page in August Layla Saad said that a “complete stranger just PayPal-ed me a generous amount of money as a way of saying thank you for the emotional labor I put in to writing my open letter to spiritual white women. I’m in shock. And in…

Is your personal political? Yoga in the Age of Trump

In 2010 I wrote a post entitled “in review, the personal is still political.” My piece — STILL one of my most read posts thank you very much — was about the then and still hot topic of nudity in Yoga when Judith Lasater wrote to Yoga Journal about nakedness in Toesox ads.  Yawn if…

you say appropriated, I say bastardized, let’s call the whole thing off….

The other night I watched comedian George Lopez’s latest special The Wall.  I’ve always thought him hilarious.  And yeah, he picks on white people.  Sorry, this is a #whitetears free zone. A thought to add to the discussion about cultural appropriation in Yoga: Lopez raised the question that Mexican food culture has been “bastardized” by white…

morning rants

Good morning, yoga peeps!  No, I’m not going to say NAMASTE. Because OH MY GODDESS, GIVE ME STRENGTH TO DEAL WITH THIS MODERN YOGA WORLD. I just came back from one of my favorite places on Earth and I’m not talking about India.  The only reason I returned home was my cat Maggie, NOT because…

“WHITE LADIES FINDING THEMSELVES SISTERHOODS”

“I would like to imagine other options, other ways of being, other ways of understanding identities, other ways of being together, even as we come apart. Especially, in my world, where women gather. In sisterhoods — to explore spirituality, creativity, personal development. Our sisterhoods need to evolve. They’re so often a slurry of cultural appropriation,…

are you faking it ’til you make it?

Below is a question that was asked in a Facebook yoga group I belong to.  As a teacher who is persona non grata in my local “yoga community”, it was an important question.  My answer to the teacher’s question is below it. “I’m wondering how people experience and process professional jealousy. It seems to be…