We’re Still Talking About Netting A Couple Hundred Thousand G’s, Right? /// Babylon Burnin’

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[Holy shiz! The piece we originally wrote for today was so frickin’ stupid good, we’ve decided to save it for later when we really need it. Here’s what’s important for now.]

[UPDATE: A more in depth response can be found here toward the bottom of the comments (for now!)]

As many of you know, a great debate has erupted over one of our recent articles entitled, “Is YAMA Talent More Harmful To The ‘Yoga Community’ Than John Friend’s Penis Pursuits.” It’s a most clunkily-titled piece of prose that specifically and intentionally mocks the sad culture of apologetics that silently ignores the rampant self-indulgence of fame-oriented yoga instructors who attempt to disguise their grabs at celebriyogi statuses as justified, noble, and righteous.

Among the people mentioned in the NYT article is Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga creator, Sadie Nardini, whose successful brand of self-empowerment trainings have inspired many to sign up and begin bettering their yoga teaching skills. While our piece was more a comment on the representation of the celebriyogi pursuit of the American Dollar Dream—confronting the identities and out-of-context quotes of the yoga teachers mentioned—our intentional mockery of the represented image of these personalities seemed to strike a dissonant chord with Ms. Nardini the person.

Truth be told, our mention of Nardini was to us, done almost in passing, and we were genuinely surprised when Nardini picked up on our mentioning of her, as we felt the piece spoke more as a general critique of a particularly controversial trend within contemporary yoga culture, and used the NYT piece merely as a vehicle to parody, mock, and pshaw what we consider to be a very laughable representation of the thousands-year-old yogic tradition.

Mind you, we could be a lot more hardline, finding fault in anyone who would ever dream of charging a grain of Goa sand for a yoga class. Unfortunately, for those who have nightmares about The Babarazzi milking their cats with our engorged fangs, we are not of that mindset—as this is NOT about making money.

This is about mocking the culture of money.

So while everyone is busy getting their tiny little penises in a twist over protecting the soft soft ever-so-soft eggshell-like faces of people who net (that’s after gross) $300,000 tiny slips of green paper in order to “get the healing message of yoga out to a wider audience” we’re over here reminding you that, really—no reeeeeeally—celebriyogi culture is about making lots and lots of money and not about “healing” a dang thing.

Now watch this, take it easy, quit thinking your a toxic waste always in need of healing, and stop being such a silly gringo….


  1. I took issue with your comments because they are so far from the truth, and I want people to know what is really going on, both in my world and in the direct community of yogis you were mentioning. You take every liberty to speak your mind at us, though anonymously, yet have a problem with those of us you’re directing your seeming disgust at not to do the same? Interesting.

    You purport to have some insider’s view, or knowledge of how the things work that you’re attacking, but you don’t. You only have an opinion, not a greater insight. These are two very different things. Yet you ARE 100% living up to your word to give we yogis the “star treatment” by printing opinionated lies and pointless vitriol. I have responded, aiming to show people another side to the story because I am a journalist, and I can take up the comment mantle for some of the others who may not wish to be involved but who are also feeling mystified about all this.

    These teachers you are attacking, perhaps to make a broader point, but still, are all hard-working teachers with a wealth of knowledge to give. We have all put more energy into our professional and personal paths than we will ever get paid for. And, that $300,000? That’s not gross. I have much less than that to personally use. However, I hope to make more and more as I go, and I wish the same for anyone doing their best work. But money has never meant anything to me beyond a great way to pay my bills and help others who are less fortunate. It was only a happy outcome of my life’s work–never, ever the goal.

    This is the first time I’ve run up against the negativity (slightly amusing at times or not) of a more superficial type of commentary, one that borders on libel. I guess this is what happens when one becomes successful, by staying within her integrity and yes, offering healing tools to her community…people like you start guzzling the haterade.

    What do you want? Should I, and others who become positive and financially and personally abundant apologize for attracting a surprising amount of wealth (even to me), doing what I love? I think not. Instead, I’ll turn away from your mystifying need to smear good people for no good reason, and go back to doing what I do best–teaching others how to do what I have done–make their best livings ever through expressing their dharma, too.


  2. Thanks, as always, for your comments, Sadie.

  3. Bobcat

    Yes, we are indeed living in the world of more. Hence, there is wealth and poverty. All the yoga training does not lead to the end of training. They lead to more need to acquire more knowledge hence, more money to pay for more training. The most compassionate thing for a yoga teacher to do is teach- in small group, charging minimally yet adequately and don’t give any agent a cut because that adds to the cost. Interact intimately with everyone and everything. No need to save money for charity if you charge your students less and only have 10 of them.

  4. Greenpoint

    me thinketh thouest protest too much…

  5. charity

    Pretty funny that Waylon took your post down. What a douchebag!

  6. sutra3.48

    simple technicalities guys… gals… shims… isn’t the grammatically proper plural form of penis ]peni or penes. And in the following paragraph its you’re not your… But then again, you wouldn’t believe just HOW MANY things i’ve been wrong about in this simple little life.

  7. David Lincecum

    Three points.
    1. I don’t make much money, but my classes are always crowded. Am I ok? How can I come under attack from your site? – I think it would help me make more money. Please advise. I found no request form.

    2. Someone has to do this and take on the karma that comes with it. Thanks for stepping up.

    • Thanks for breaking this down into a simple, easy-to-read, outline. Allow us to retort in kind:

      1. For better or worse, we don’t actually choose which yoga personality we make fun of, but rather use a complicated algorithm developed for us by a few super-geniuses at Google in order to determine such things. So, once the little ones and zeros tell us more about your manufactured sellable self, and let us know that you care more about promoting your projected personality into the world than teaching your “always crowded” yoga classes, we will certainly be in touch.

      2. Well said. For more information on such topics, feel free to read God’s Unruly Friends: Dervish Groups in the Islamic Later Middle Period, 1200-1550 (Karamustafa), The World Turned Upside Down: Radical Ideas During the English Revolution (Hill), Aghora: At the Left Hand of God (Svoboda), or The Bhagavad Gita (The Great Big Cheese).


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