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…

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…

children’s yoga

Overheard a long time ago: “People can learn to bend over and touch their toes (or rather, re-learn since they could do that as a child), and yet that isn’t necessarily yoga.” I read a story about a yoga student who thinks he is an “advanced” student because he can put his leg behind his…

“Stripping the Sacred” – Brenda Feuerstein

“Teach people, not poses.” — Gary Kraftsow (paraphrased) “Yoga contains asana, pranayama, meditation. Anything else is acrobatics.” (TKV Desikachar, from a long ago intensive in India) Many of you know Brenda Feuerstein.  She was married to eminent Yoga scholar, Georg Feuerstein (1947-2012) and they collaborated on a wealth of books and trainings in traditional Yoga….

do I need to be anointed to be credible?

  So much goes on in the Modern Yoga World (TM) now that it’s hard to keep up without it sounding like a constant rant.  Maybe I should just write about what actor or rock star does yoga, post a photo of them drinking a latte with a mat under their arm, and comment on…

Modern American Yoga (TM)

I no longer write as prolifically as I once did.  I started this blog in 2005 and the Yoga Blogosphere as changed tremendously in 10 years.  Modern Yoga Bloggers have forgotten whom their elders are. What some bloggers write about now I wrote about 3, 5, even 7 years ago: ageism, diversity, “slow yoga.”  “Slow…

the whiteness of yoga: time to change the question?

I’ve read more than a few articles lately on how blindingly white modern American yoga still is and the cultural appropriation of it. In fact, I asked about the color of yoga back in 2007 when this blog was at its hottest. As they say, the more things change, the more they stay the same….

life in these Yoga States (apologies to the Reader’s Digest)

WARNING: GUARANTEED TO PISS OFF SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE There are many things in this world that make me go hmmm……and one of them is the way yoga teachers are treated. My long-time readers know why I no longer teach weekly classes in studios and you can read my sorry stories here.    But over the years…

give me your misfits and outcasts and weirdos

I’ve always been the square peg in the round hole and that upsets people sometimes, even in the yoga world.  The yoga world can be as politically correct as the non-yoga world when the first thing out of someone’s mouth is “you’re not yogic” or “you’re a hater” when someone questions yoga’s current status quo….