It’s a commonly held belief (unless you’re an Ancient Egyptian) that what you accumulate on this plane will not be going with you to the next. Traditional yoga philosophy (in general) tends to agree with this assessment. Even those things closest to home, our subtle identity markers, will have to go. The veils, the projections, the happy lil’ nuances of the personality. All of it. Poof. And yet, commercial yoga culture remains rife with celebrities, commodity pushers, and organizations piling on all that good-good self preservation. So, we got to thinking. With this in mind, with the days ever-shortening, and with The Walking Dead soon to be making its way onto laptops the country over: When the zombie apocalypse comes, what will the faces of contemporary Western yoga culture be leaving behind? What can’t popular yoga peoples take with them?
Below is a list of eighteen popular faces of contemporary yoga culture, each matched with the subtle aspect of the self that won’t be making its way across the eternal threshold: