Roseanne over at It’s All Yoga, Baby interviewed Leslie Kaminoff regarding yoga therapy and government legitimacy. You tell ‘em Leslie!
For the record:
“Leslie Kaminoff is a yoga educator inspired by the tradition of T.K.V. Desikachar. He is an Internationally recognized specialist with over thirty-one years’ experience in the fields of yoga and breath anatomy. He has led workshops for many of the leading yoga associations, schools and training programs in America.”
Sooooo, right…. Ok…. Well…. As you know, The Babarazzi and Leslie Kaminoff have not always gotten along. First there was the time we poked a little fun at his quote in the NY Times piece on yoga talent agency, Yama Talent, that got us into all sorts of trouble. Then there was the time he said “Fuck you” to us and called us “motherfuckers.” Then there was our awesome rebuttal to that where we made it known that we’d consider the offer to, in fact, F-. Then we called him out on his unfortunate admiration for the bad side of libertarianism.
And yet, despite all that, we’ve always tried to at least hint at the fact that we know the man has got serious yoga cred. Kaminoff has been around a long time with this stuff, and his take on yoga and yoga practice is typically solid ground to stand on. Although, he’s a wee bit obsessed with the diaphragm, me thinks. I mean, come on. What about lonely little platysma? What about her? Like, if it weren’t for her…
…we couldn’t make this face….
We’re also happy to see someone—anyone!—discussing how legislating yoga (or any alternative practice) sucks a fat chodey one. Yeah, maybe if yoga “therapy” becomes a legal construct, you’re mom will finally accept your chosen career path as a yoga teacher, and then you can finally stop projecting all that “I’ve never been seen” baggage onto your students. But, ultimately the big man upstairs—The State—is gonna have his naughty little small-penis way with your naughty little not-paying-your-taxes yoga studio if the giv’ gets its slime lil’ hands on this racket we call yoga. And, trust me, he ain’t gonna send you flowers the next day.
Now, here comes the political left-libertarian -vs- right-libertarian part that you can just ignore if it’s not your thing:
What’s really special about this video, however, is that you can see where both left and right leaning libertarians can find common ground, and where they potentially start having a food fight. Leslie rightly, in our opinion, stands firmly against government involvement in legislating/regulating yoga practices and alternative therapeutics and education. Most people you come in contact with are so googly dumbfounded over what a government actually does and how insurance works that they still think that “validation” by an overgrown oafish juggernaut of misery (AKA the gov’) will actually work on the behalf of alternative medicines.
However, if you pay attention, and your ears are tuned to this sort of anarcho/libertarian debate, you can hear the conservative-ness peeking through, specifically in Kaminoff’s comment about “socialized medicine” and Canada, which Roseanne unfortunately let slip by.
Bad naughty interviewer. You will now be forced to perform burlesque as your punishment….