“On this path no effort is wasted and there is no failure”
~ Bhagavad Gita
I thought I’d practice and study yoga and teach it for almost the rest of my life. Then everything all went wrong. This is my journey in putting it back together, and expanding my yoga practice to include social justice activism and advocacy for survivors of abuse in yoga.
For anyone who feels stuck in their yoga practice, who feels empty or unsatisfied with contemporary yoga asana exercise classes, these are the resources that helped me find clarity in my practice and to focus on the reality of the “yoga industry” in the United States and other western nations.
- Yoga Is Dead Podcast & the Original Godmothers of Yoga eBook
- Susanna Barkataki
- Donna Farhi
- J. Brown Yoga
- Yoga Biomechanics (yes, science!)
- Matthew Remski
Note: If you are currently experiencing abuse (verbal, physical, psychological, sexual or other) by a yoga teacher, yoga studio or other spiritual community, and need help, please contact someone you can trust who is geographically close to you. General examples can include a friend, neighbor or family member. In the United States you might contact a licensed psychologist or social worker, Adult Protective Services, Child Protective Services, your county health department or even the police if you are in immediate danger of being harmed. Abusive yoga teachers, studios, and even entire methods of yoga, are a serious issue that needs to be brought into the light. In the meantime, keep yourself safe.