Good morning! Last Friday’s post on the basic ridiculousness of MC Yogi has been giving us some really extraordinary comments regarding “democracy,” and the varying differences between the concepts of the “United States” and “America.” Also, be sure to check out Earth Energy Reader’s Kaminoff rebuttal in the comments of yesterday’s article. So, if you wanna learn something, check those mentions out. If you wanna remain stupid, and perhaps even lose a brain cell or two, please read on….
But first watch this. Or, skip around, ’cause it’s kinda long.
So, what do we got here?
Basically, Tara Stiles went back home to show “Small Town America” what yoga could be.
Basically, Tara Stiles went back home to do the laundry and pull some old CDs out of the attic to sell on Craislist, and decided to turn it into a publicity stunt.
Basically, Tara Stiles went back home, because there are still as of yet untapped markets for selling brand-Tara.
Basically, Tara Stiles went back home to show people that xenophobia is OK so long as you sweep other cultures and their connection to the traditions you practice under the rug. That way no one has to confront anything. ‘Cause everyone knows that yoga isn’t about confronting anything, but rather about taking whatever you already do and feeling good about it.
Ahhhh…. This life! Well, there are a number of points to consider with regards to this video:
- What the hell does it mean to make “yoga for everybody?”
- Tara’s initial ambitions involved acting in commercials. Now she presumably acts as a yoga ambassador?
- Is the trope of wonky “Small Town America” being overly relied on in order to make yoga “win” in the end? “Shooting fish in a barrel” type stuff?
- Wait, is this video and was this event set up entirely to promote Tara Stiles? It certainly does spend a lot of time showcasing our host.
- Why, during minutes 18:49 through 19:05, does Tara agree with the woman who refers to yoga as “crazy,” “Oriental,” and “Mideastern?” I mean, obviously she doesn’t really agree, right? She’s just agreeing with the commonly held racist sentiment that things done by brown people from other countries are usually razy, right?
- I love that at minute 19:22 Tara karate chops the “yoga community” for pretending to be “superior” to everyone else. Nice! You go!
- I also like that at minute 19:50 Tara gives us a lesson on what yoga is and is not. Now, I’m all for putting a little pressure on the “what is yoga?” debate. I’ve got an idea, too! Unfortunately, it has nothing to do with whatever the hell Tara is teaching. I guess we’ll both just have to figure out a way to get along some how. Especially, with all those differing viewpoints floating around bumping into one another.
- At 22:28 we see Tara’s mom being awesome, sounding just like me own mumsie. And, just like my mom would have done, she misses the fact that the skinny little ladies she thought she was gonna see at the event, but didn’t, were, in fact, sitting right up front represented exquisitely by Tara herself!
Oh, Mom’s. They really do LOVE their kids.
And, I love my mom.
Afterthought regarding the insipid “yoga is for everyone” trope: WHAT IS IT?!?!?!?!?! with (particularly white, [sorry but it's true]) Americans thinking that everything under the sun must be made available to them?!?! Do people not realize that that sort of mindset is actually unique to the culture of this country, and in many cases would be considered a psychological pathology if taken out of the collective context and placed on a single individual. Do you think every *thing* that has ever been practiced should be made available to you?