stop with the faux outrage, people!

DISCLAIMER #1:  I have never heard of this teacher and have no reason to defend him.  DISCLAIMER #2:  I think Yoga Journal sucks. That being said, apparently a lot of Western yoga people have lost their shit over the Yoga Journal article I Took My Baby to Mysore, India, for a Month: Here’s What It…

teacher trainings: then and now

I’ve returned from Kripalu from the Desikachar tribute weekend put together by Leslie Kaminoff and Lydia Mann that I wrote about here.  Leslie entitled it “Celebrating T.K.V. Desikachar: We Are the Lineage” and in the photo above are the presenters who took part. There were three yoga sessions daily by each presenter, each one presenting…

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…

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,…