October 15, 2014

WAWADIA Update #16: Two Ways of Blocking the Yoga Injury Conversation

Illness or injury or depression are often framed as personal ethical failures -- not signs that a system needs rebalancing. When yoga culture has a redirect-and-blame response to a personal injury story rooted in that very culture, it is mimicking the general decay of the notion of collective responsibility, offering nothing but “buyer beware” logic in consolation.
October 11, 2014

Why Are Some Folks Distorting and Dismissing Chelsea Roff’s Article on Anorexia and Yoga?

Roff is obviously not saying that yoga causes eating disorders. She's saying here and throughout the piece that for all its marketing of therapeutic benefit, yoga culture has more work to do to distinguish itself from the toxicity of the dominant body-shaming paradigm. That in fact, its very pretences to therapy and spiritual renewal often cover up the psychopathologies of its practitioners.