Category Archives: Culture

Why John Friend is Back for Real Now /// PLUS: A Free Prediction!

Speaking of interviews…. We’ve poked some fun at our Yoganonymous neighbors in the past (here and here), with many of our barbs centering on the site’s seeming attempt to be yoga media’s caulk to yoga culture’s crevasse. (Meaning: It’s filler.

Why John Friend is Back for Real Now /// PLUS: A Free Prediction!

Speaking of interviews…. We’ve poked some fun at our Yoganonymous neighbors in the past (here and here), with many of our barbs centering on the site’s seeming attempt to be yoga media’s caulk to yoga culture’s crevasse. (Meaning: It’s filler.

Good Lord, John Friend Needs a New Agent /// JF Teams Up With Mark Gafni

Let’s set aside all the “is it wrong to sleep with your teacher?” ho-hum, as well as all that “Boo hoo my business coach/yoga teacher Daddy-fill-in lied to me” crapola and talk about something that’s actually astounding. The other day

Good Lord, John Friend Needs a New Agent /// JF Teams Up With Mark Gafni

Let’s set aside all the “is it wrong to sleep with your teacher?” ho-hum, as well as all that “Boo hoo my business coach/yoga teacher Daddy-fill-in lied to me” crapola and talk about something that’s actually astounding. The other day

Yoga as “Self Expression” is About Getting You to Buy Stuff

It’s pretty hard to find moments when we aren’t expressing ourselves. For instance, when we help a homeless man covered in a million bags hop a turnstile, we’re expressing our love of a thrifty deal. When we pass out drunk

Yoga as “Self Expression” is About Getting You to Buy Stuff

It’s pretty hard to find moments when we aren’t expressing ourselves. For instance, when we help a homeless man covered in a million bags hop a turnstile, we’re expressing our love of a thrifty deal. When we pass out drunk

CHECK THIS: This is Probably What a Lot of Yoga Practitioners are Looking For

First, watch this: The history of yoga doesn’t really have a lot of self-expression attached to it. Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras aren’t very pro-“the world.” Certainly not as much as starry-eyed yoganistas would like us to believe. For the most part,

CHECK THIS: This is Probably What a Lot of Yoga Practitioners are Looking For

First, watch this: The history of yoga doesn’t really have a lot of self-expression attached to it. Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras aren’t very pro-“the world.” Certainly not as much as starry-eyed yoganistas would like us to believe. For the most part,

The Idea That Yoga is Dangerous /// Our Short No BS Response

Admittedly, we’re very bad at reading source material on all the talky talky talky that makes up yoga culture. We don’t really read these New York Times bestseller books that have to do with injuries or brainwaves or anything like

The Idea That Yoga is Dangerous /// Our Short No BS Response

Admittedly, we’re very bad at reading source material on all the talky talky talky that makes up yoga culture. We don’t really read these New York Times bestseller books that have to do with injuries or brainwaves or anything like

The Ethical Slut Gets “THE BIG ONE” /// Kundalini Orgasm Eclipses S&M

Ugh. Isn’t talking about cultural imperialism and appropriation such a drag?!?! One of our cohorts (X) sent in an article by Janet W. Hardy, author of The Ethical Slut: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships & Other Adventures, titled “My Tantric

The Ethical Slut Gets “THE BIG ONE” /// Kundalini Orgasm Eclipses S&M

Ugh. Isn’t talking about cultural imperialism and appropriation such a drag?!?! One of our cohorts (X) sent in an article by Janet W. Hardy, author of The Ethical Slut: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships & Other Adventures, titled “My Tantric

Buddhist Tattoos, Cultural Difference, and the Internet /// A Brief Musing for Musers

Let’s look again at the story of Antony Ratcliffe who was booted from Sri Lanka for having a tattoo of the Buddha’s head on his arm. First, let’s set aside the idea that no two things are ever the same,

Buddhist Tattoos, Cultural Difference, and the Internet /// A Brief Musing for Musers

Let’s look again at the story of Antony Ratcliffe who was booted from Sri Lanka for having a tattoo of the Buddha’s head on his arm. First, let’s set aside the idea that no two things are ever the same,

Man With Buddhist Tattoo Deported from Sri Lanka for Disrespecting the Buddha

This shit is so baller, I can’t believe it’s real: “Antony Ratcliffe, 42, from Nottingham, was turned back at Colombo’s main airport on Friday for allegedly showing a lack of respect for Buddhism. The authorities are tough on perceived insults to

Man With Buddhist Tattoo Deported from Sri Lanka for Disrespecting the Buddha

This shit is so baller, I can’t believe it’s real: “Antony Ratcliffe, 42, from Nottingham, was turned back at Colombo’s main airport on Friday for allegedly showing a lack of respect for Buddhism. The authorities are tough on perceived insults to

YOGILEBRITIES, PLEASE READ /// Commercial Yoga Culture In a Nut Shell

You have to believe me when I say that I don’t spend much time wanting to “change” the minds behind the personalities we discuss on this site. I have no real interest in “getting to” what lurks behind the facade

YOGILEBRITIES, PLEASE READ /// Commercial Yoga Culture In a Nut Shell

You have to believe me when I say that I don’t spend much time wanting to “change” the minds behind the personalities we discuss on this site. I have no real interest in “getting to” what lurks behind the facade

When Deepak Chopra and Sam Harris Debate, A Newborn Kitten Loses an Eye

Last week, a reader/colleague referred me to this debate between spiritual materialist, Deepak Chopra, and atheist party-pooper, Sam Harris (and others). Watch and be amazed…. Admittedly, I had never heard of this video. In fact, I didn’t even know people

When Deepak Chopra and Sam Harris Debate, A Newborn Kitten Loses an Eye

Last week, a reader/colleague referred me to this debate between spiritual materialist, Deepak Chopra, and atheist party-pooper, Sam Harris (and others). Watch and be amazed…. Admittedly, I had never heard of this video. In fact, I didn’t even know people

This Sprint Commercial Captures the True Spirit of Commercial Yoga Culture /// Sadie Nardini Makes Yoga Sound Like a Daytime Commercial

Commercial yoga culture relies on the belief that whatever you want can, and should, be had at this very moment. And, not only that, but yoga is the means by which to get it. Yoga presented as “data dressed as

This Sprint Commercial Captures the True Spirit of Commercial Yoga Culture /// Sadie Nardini Makes Yoga Sound Like a Daytime Commercial

Commercial yoga culture relies on the belief that whatever you want can, and should, be had at this very moment. And, not only that, but yoga is the means by which to get it. Yoga presented as “data dressed as

Let’s Play Role Reversal! /// Now You’re the One in Need /// Also, Some Countries Make Ads That Talk About Real Stuff

Racism. Privilege. Teaching yoga in Africa because you’re afraid of your black neighbors. All pretty “safe” talking points, right? Good lord! Sometimes the week just has a mind of its own. Anyway, sticking with our unofficial theme for this week,

Let’s Play Role Reversal! /// Now You’re the One in Need /// Also, Some Countries Make Ads That Talk About Real Stuff

Racism. Privilege. Teaching yoga in Africa because you’re afraid of your black neighbors. All pretty “safe” talking points, right? Good lord! Sometimes the week just has a mind of its own. Anyway, sticking with our unofficial theme for this week,