PostYoga, A Manifesto

PostYoga marks the end of the current mode of Yoga in America

PostYoga is decidedly Anti-Capitalist.

PostYoga seeks to mitigate the alienation of spiritual commodification; 
Your self-worth is not determined by what you produce in Samsara.

PostYoga is not duped by the market hegemony of Yoga Journal.

PostYoga is not interested in popular. Market popularity is an indication of reductionist economics or the dumbing down of a product for profit.

PostYoga is not impressed by how many followers you have on Instagram.

PostYoga is not some lame ass Kirtan.

PostYoga is not a fitness class.

PostYoga delegitimizes Yoga Alliance & exposes the initials RYT/RYS
after your name as the empty, market signifier that it is.

PostYoga is in solidarity with POC affinity space &
encourages Yoga studios to provide accessible, Safe Space.

PostYoga centers South Asian Voices, Teaching & Critiques
in the on-going conversation surrounding Yoga in America.

PostYoga is rooted in Vedic Indigenous Ontology.

PostYoga is unapologetically a Moksa Purusartha.

 

 

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5 thoughts on “PostYoga, A Manifesto

  1. this is just wonderful. thank you so much for shining a light in these dark times, in this ironically chronically-blinded sphere of life. blessings x a disillusioned ex-yoga teacher x

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  2. A letter from Sri.K. Pattabhi Jois to Yoga Journal, Nov. 1995
    “I was disappointed to find that so many novice students have taken Ashtanga yoga and have turned it into a circus for their own fame and profit (Power Yoga, Jan/Feb 1995). The title ‘Power Yoga’ itself degrades the depth, purpose and method of the yoga system that I received from my guru, Sri. T. Krishnamacharya. Power is the property of God. It is not something to be collected for one’s ego. Partial yoga methods out of line with their internal purpose can build up the ‘six enemies’ (desire, anger, greed, illusion, infatuation and envy) around the heart. The full ashtanga system practiced with devotion leads to freedom within one’s heart. The Yoga Sutra II.28 confirms this ‘Yogaanganusthanat asuddiksaye jnanadiptih avivekakhyateh’, which means ‘practicing all the aspects of yoga destroys the impurities so that the light of knowledge and discrimination shines’. It is unfortunate that students who have not yet matured in their own practice have changed the method and have cut out the essence of an ancient lineage to accommodate their own limitations.
    The Ashtanga yoga system should never be confused with ‘power yoga’ or any whimsical creation which goes against the tradition of the many types of yoga shastras (scriptures). It would be a shame to lose the precious jewel of liberation in the mud of ignorant body building.”

    -K. Pattabhi Jois, Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute, Mysore, South India

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