“[F]eet hold a powerful symbolism with Hindu culture. You take off your shoes when you enter a temple. When sitting you never point your feet towards people, especially seniors, and you never spread your feet before an altar or towards fellow worshipers.”
—From “Feet in Hinduism“
Ahhh…. The sweet smell of contemporary yoga’s complete and total obliviousness. Just as we were about to settle into our few day restful slumber we were sent this photo of two prominent Laughing Lotus instructors being, well, Laughing Lotus instructors, in India. I guess they didn’t cover cultural imperialism, white privilege, and cultural ignorance in their teacher training.
So let’s see. We’ve got:
- 1 foot by Ganesh’s head
- 1 foot on Ganesh’s balls
- 2 women practically naked by Hindu standards
- 2 dancy asana-looking gestures that apparently make this “ok”
- 1 major incident of cultural insensitivity
Could it be that LL’s “hip-hop” Ganesh mural, which features Ganesh carrying a boombox [<—best photo ever!] while riding a skateboard, has effectively desacralized the Hindu God to the point where even LL teachers no longer comprehend the deity’s social, cultural, and religious significance?
And, people wonder why we “sweat the small stuff.”
Anyway, this pretty much sums it up:
Ok, now back to our rest….