“It was a relaxing pleasure to sit across from writer, artist, and yoga practitioner Nancy Miller and consider her excellent questions for a couple hours last Tuesday. I’m honoured/bashful to see the first small instalment posted this morning. She asked me about the role of social media in (my) yoga writing: joys, discontents, and possibilities. We could have gone on to discuss and celebrate many other bits of friction and conflict we’ve both learned from in the ethers, but this is a good start. Next part is about sources of writing inspiration: privileges, dreams, and wounds.”
In many yoga spaces, teachers and students share the expectation that adjustments are a standard part of practice. But this aspect of modern yoga is marred by an uncomfortable history. At the dawn of the global movement in 1930s India, adjustments in key learning spaces such as the Mysore Palace merged with the somatics of corporal punishment. They conveyed assumptions about spiritualized pain and surrender, delivered through a pedagogy of unquestioned charisma and presumed consent. In combination, these factors have led to decades of blurred boundaries, sexualized touch, and general intrusion. If you’re a yoga teacher and you want to adjust people, this presentation will help you get square with this history first. It will help you think about how you will protect your students from it, especially in an unregulated industry. It will offer guidelines for moving forward in the creation of safe and student-driven yoga education.
“Walk the Talk” show on 11/25/13.
“Windows, And What We Leave Behind”. Filmed at 889 Yoga on 11/23/13.
Sweetness from our campaign producer, Ian MacKenzie.
Video from the fundraising campaign my book with Michael Stone on the spirituality of fatherhood.
Matthew Remski speaks about the future of Yoga Festival Toronto and the Toronto yoga community. Continue reading “On the Future of Yoga Festival Toronto”
7/21/2011 Speaking at city hall on the proposed closing of Riverdale Farm, a cultural and ecological oasis.