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Writing About Cults, Capitalism, and Hope

Latest Book Release

Surviving Modern Yoga

Grounded in investigative research and real survivor stories, Surviving Modern Yoga: Cult Dynamics, Charismatic Leaders, and What Survivors Can Teach Us uncovers the physical and sexual abuse perpetrated by Ashtanga yoga leader Pattabhi Jois—and reckons with the culture, structures, and mythos that enabled it.

The revised edition of Practice and All is Coming with foreword by Theo Wildcroft, PHD.

“This is a text that can heal the wounds of yoga and allow us to reimagine it as a safe practice for everyone, free from abuse and injury.”
—JIVANA HEYMAN, founder and director of Accessible Yoga

Dismantling New Age Cults, Wellness Grifters, and Conspiracy-Mad Yogis

Conspirituality Podcast attempts to bring understanding to this landscape. A journalist, a cult researcher, and a philosophical skeptic discuss the stories, cognitive dissonances, and cultic dynamics tearing through the yoga, wellness, and new spirituality worlds.


Matthew Remski writes on spiritual delusion and possibility in the shadows of capitalism and climate change.
Matthew has bylines in The Walrus, GEN, Globe and Mail, Boston Globe, and TIME. He’s published nine books of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, including (with Derek Beres and Julian Walker) Conspirituality: How New Age Conspiracy Theories Became a Health Threat, and, his latest book, Surviving Modern Yoga: Cult Dynamics, Charismatic Leaders, and What Survivors Can Teach Us.

He co-hosts Conspirituality Podcast, investigating the intersections of conspiracy theories and spiritual influence, to uncover cults, pseudoscience, and authoritarian extremism.

Matthew lives with his partner and their two children in Toronto, traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat.

Based on years of journalism and research for his books, Matthew offers an 8-hour training and continuing education course that provides students with a unique perspective and toolset for community health. He teaches this course for yoga teacher trainings in Toronto and online.


Matthew is the author of several books of non-fiction, fiction, and poetry, and he has also contributed to others.