Tara Stiles Goofs on Something that Apparently Has Something to Do With Yoga

This Tara Stiles spoof on vapid spiritual yoga culture…

…would be HILARIOUS if it included a cut at the branding of yogilebrities, gave up on the whole background parenthetical “God, don’t take it so serious,” didn’t star one of the most commercialized face-facades of commercial yoga culture cracking jokes at commercialized yoga culture, and didn’t come out over five-and-a-half years after Inappropriate Yoga Guy, which destroys this.

And yet, this classic Youtube vid, “Drunk Guy Buys More Beer,” kills ’em all. Watch it with a friend and get your rally cap on. Ain’t nothing like the real thing.

30 comments

  1. Garuda

    This just looks like ‘dress up and make fun of day’ in the tree house. The cast takes a position of superiority as they make a mockery of they subset that they encouraged in the first place. If It is all ONE, where does this come from?

  2. Yoga_Dude

    The amount of effort put into this project is impressive. Such a waste of time.

  3. Why did Tara make a “spoof” video? No need. Her other videos do the same job.

  4. gross

    this is the shittiest spoof. and she if officially a total disrespectful idiot for wearing a sacred puja cloth on her head like the class duntz. she is so DUMB & RUDE. and this vid is lame as hell.

  5. gross

    i wonder if participation in this video was a requirement of their teacher training. probably a very important topic for tara… how to totally DIS-respect another person’s culture, while at the same time trying to sell her own version of it to others so she can benefit. she is the SHAMELESS, un-funny, and knowledge-less. her husband is no better.

    • Her husband is authentic – or, at least, was … but has been corrupted.
      Kinda like Deepak Chopra – the match between Tara and Deepak had been made in P.R. Heaven …

      Way to poke fun at yourself before the disaffected yogis could make fun of you … in droves … this video is nothing but a P.R. ploy and a nodding acknowledgement that there is indeed a backlash against commercialized yoga ….

      • Yoga Whelp

        I agree with your analysis — it’s a pre-emption/deflection strategy. Diane Hudcock, who is now represented by YAMA, has fashioned her own spoof, “Gurunista Gayhle.”

  6. Tara sez: breath a whole lot.

  7. Dyspeptic Skeptic

    This video was posted on Elephant Journal with the following title and editorial insert below, followed by notes from the auteur. Way to suck up Waylon.

    Totally Enlightened! ~ by Tara Stiles {Funny Yoga Video}

    Totally Enlightened is a fun, and funny yoga video with a serious message: spiritual superficiality and spiritual hucksterism are both, equally silly and unhelpful. Do the real thing! Psyched to have this video on elephant—support it by sharing up—and psyched to see Tara back on the site for the second time this month. ~ ed.

    From Tara, to elephants everywhere:
    Totally Enlightened! is a story of two bff’s trying to find inner peace in all the wrong places. I wrote this as a short film about 10 years ago when I moved to NYC and started dipping my toes in all the different yoga and spiritual communities that were hanging around, and observing quite a few comedic moments in the process.
    What fun is life if we take ourselves so seriously, and what fun is yoga and the search for enlightenment if we are tight, tense, and clenched up from the inside out? No fun at all!
    The moral is what you make of it. My intention is to remind us all that the guru is within, and our intuition is always ready to guide the way, whether we are sipping expensive organic tea blessed by a monk, or not. ~ Tara Stiles.

  8. Greenpoint

    she is a void…

  9. gross

    hey tara, the guru is within? what actual yogi even thinks about drinking expensive organic tea blessed by a monk? thanks for your wisdom filled reminder. you “wrote” this as a short film? wow, SUPER creative… it is SO mediocre. your inner guru needs some OUTside guidance. seriously, you are ALL wrong, 100% bhoga….

  10. It’s a lot better than some of her teaching videos. I got a few laughs out of it.

  11. Yoga Whelp

    I prefer this short inspirational video of….TARA:

    I love the prayer, too:

    “If I have to lie, steal, cheat, or kill,…as God is my witness, I’ll NEVER be hungry again!”

    Note how she drops down effortlessly from a forward bend (0.26) into chattaranga (0:30), holds the pose, then up into cat cow (0:48), finishing with a very fine tadasana Shoulders back, chest spread, just superb.

    Aesthetically, this is on par with Robert Sturman’s hill top yoga photography. Maybe better.

  12. Garuda

    Maybe Tara is way ahead of us and made this video in order to expose our judgements on her and her ilk.
    I feel so foolish to have not seen her brilliance. Why do I keep Fu*^in up?

  13. Yoga Whelp

    I was thinking – if you can call it that – that we should assign cute nicknames to all the yoga sales models based on the companies they represent and flak for? Maybe even include the company in parentheses whenever, their names appear.

    I know, as God is my witness, a girl’s gotta eat. Still, I hate having to repeat some of these names over and over. God and Satan only get one word after all. And with cutesie names, we’d be paving the way for an entire doll set for our kids to play with. It’s inevitable?

    Tara Stiles (“Nissy”) represents Nissan Motors. She stars in their “Master the Shift” sales video. Don’t ask.
    Elena Brower (“Didi”) represents Adidas.
    Kathryn Budig (“Socks”) represents Toe-Sox
    Seane Corn (“Luci”) represents Lucy Active Wear
    April Martucci (“Bok”), represents Reebok
    Shiva Rea (“Juli”) represents those weird golden earth sandals
    Colleen Saidman (“Stanci”) represents Estancia Wine

    You get the idea. Using the nicks would also cut down on precious space limits for blog postings, and would prevent us from simply expanding someone’s social media presence.

    Just a thought, probably not a very good one — but hey……

    Can Luci and Didi come out and play today?

    • Garuda

      Hayell Yeah!!!Why not just weave the product placement right directly into the name?…Like ‘Seane Greene Giant Yoga Corn…or maybe ‘Tara Ultima Yoga Stiles’…Holy Carp, the ideas just keep sploding….We could get FoxTV or maybe the WB to produce a reality based TV series that features all of thee above as themselves as thay compete to be this season’s ‘The Golden Tostito Asana Princess’.

      • Yoga Whelp

        Funny follow up. In the interest of fair gender representation, I didn’t mean to leave out the guys who actually pioneered the yoga sales model role. For example, Rodney Yee is a long-time rep for Gaiam Life. That would make his nickname, uh….”Gay”?

  14. Greenpoint

    Hey look! TS just introduced what we’ve all been waiting for, a new Reebok Yoga clothes line:
    http://www.shape.com/blogs/shape-your-life/tara-stiles-new-styles-reebok

    all is right with the world, finally…

    • Yoga Whelp

      Reebok’s like a Manhattan playboy, galavanting around town with one yoga sales model hanging on each arm – April Martucci and Tara Stiles. It’s Eastside (Tara, at Strala) versus Westside (April, at the Reebok Sports Club). Maybe the company should sponsor an all-City asana mud-wrestling competition, or a yoga wet (no) t-shirt contest? What about a Sanskrit spelling bee? The winner gets an audition in Bollywood playing a Western runaway caught up in the global sex trade. Deepak Chopra could write the script, with Bikram Choudury as the Indian social worker who desperately tries to save her.

  15. Tara makes me sick

    Tara takes her “light-hearted” “easy-to-understand” (read: ignorant and empty) approach to yoga very, very seriously.
    Tara, just because a certain way of approaching a spiritual tradition doesn’t vibe with your down-home mid-western roots and sell-out celebrity style yoga doesn’t mean it’s not valid, interesting or important.
    What is your point of ridiculing people who choose to practice their yoga in a more respectful, serious and introspective ways? Why spend your time making fun of people when you’re touting being kind? And don’t you think all those things you’re making fun of are exactly what you do??? Only with a different label and branding?? JEEZ YOU’RE SO BLIND! THAT’S what’s hysterical. AND SO SO SAAAAAD!
    I would sit here and write an essay on how much of an idiotic hypocrite you are but that wouldn’t be kind, would be an epic waste of my time, and my words would no doubt hit the brick wall that is your dull brain.

  16. jackie

    Waylon is an idiot but has managed to exploit the other idiots that post on elephant.

  17. liminale

    I’m not judging Tara who’s working in the business of continual representation in a domain that is going thru a big representation crisis.

    She’s the symptom of a globalized cultural distress, the apotheosis of hipsterism, a true post-modern phenomenon.
    Now playing a parody of herself, or better : a pastiche.

    To cite Jameson (Postmodernism, or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism) :
    “Faceless masters continue to inflect the economic strategies which constrain our existences, but they no longer need to impose their speech (or are henceforth unable to); and the postliteracy of the late capitalist world reflects not only the absence of any great collective project but also the unavailability of the older national language itself. In this situation parody finds itself without a vocation; it has lived, and that strange new thing pastiche slowly comes to take its place. Pastiche is, like parody, the imitation of a peculiar or unique, idiosyncratic style, the wearing of a linguistic mask, speech in a dead language. But it is a neutral practice of such mimicry, without any of parody’s ulterior motives, amputated of the satiric impulse, devoid of laughter and of any conviction that alongside the abnormal tongue you have momentarily borrowed, some healthy linguistic normality still exists. Pastiche is thus blank parody, a statue with blind eyeballs: it is to parody what that other interesting and historically original modern thing, the practice of a kind of blank irony, is to what Wayne Booth calls the “stable ironies” of the eighteenth century….”

    How can you can make fun of your own ideology and still put it off?
    Listen to Zizek on Gangnam style and Lacan’s “synthome” : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eyGqjRS0OI.
    Now this is really funny.

  18. I’m not judging Tara who’s working in the business of continual representation in a domain that is going thru a big representation crisis.

    She’s the symptom of a globalized cultural distress, the apotheosis of hipsterism, a true post-modern phenomenon.
    Now playing a parody of herself, or better : a *pastiche*.

    To cite Jameson (Postmodernism, or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism) :
    “Faceless masters continue to inflect the economic strategies which constrain our existences, but they no longer need to impose their speech (or are henceforth unable to); and the postliteracy of the late capitalist world reflects not only the absence of any great collective project but also the unavailability of the older national language itself. In this situation parody finds itself without a vocation; it has lived, and that strange new thing pastiche slowly comes to take its place. Pastiche is, like parody, the imitation of a peculiar or unique, idiosyncratic style, the wearing of a linguistic mask, speech in a dead language. But it is a neutral practice of such mimicry, without any of parody’s ulterior motives, amputated of the satiric impulse, devoid of laughter and of any conviction that alongside the abnormal tongue you have momentarily borrowed, some healthy linguistic normality still exists. Pastiche is thus blank parody, a statue with blind eyeballs: it is to parody what that other interesting and historically original modern thing, the practice of a kind of blank irony, is to what Wayne Booth calls the “stable ironies” of the eighteenth century….”

    How can you can make fun of your own ideology and still put it off?
    Listen to Zizek on Gangnam style and Lacan’s *synthome*: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eyGqjRS0OI.
    Now this is really funny.

    • Great example. You can almost always drop Zizek into any soup and it will work. His idea that making fun of one’s self still validates ones self is spot on. Though, I would add that in doing so you are almost able to hyper-validate yourself. The validation at that point bd omes almost iconic. And, all those in on it get a piece of the sacred self pie!

  19. jorge

    this is generation ironic in full throttle. this reminded me of this great article i saw a few years back in adbusters: http://www.adbusters.org/magazine/79/hipster.html

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  21. Thaddeus

    I don’t know…It might be the jet lag of over 30 hours of travel, but that drunk guy video made me cry laughing. So freakin’ good.

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