Ten Things That Suck About Elephant Journal.*

Via on Jan 28, 2011

1. Uptight, Judgmental Yoga Purists
Because tradition isn’t inherently better than innovation, and people in ancient India had at least as many stupid ideas as people today.

2. People Who Accuse Anyone Expressing Concern About The Watering Down And Crass Commercialization of Yoga In Today’s Society Of Being “Uptight” And “Judgmental”
Because innovation isn’t inherently better than tradition, and people in ancient India had at least as much wisdom as people today.

3. Self-Righteous Vegans
Excuse the redundancy.

4. People Who Dismiss Any Suggestion That Their Lifestyles Could Be A Bit More Mindful And/Or Compassionate With Accusations of “Self-Righteousness”
Meat is murder, motherfuckers. Deal with it.

5. People Who Don’t Know The Difference Between “Righteous” And “Self-Righteous,” Even Though I’ve Explained It To Them More Than Once
I’m looking at you, Waylon.

6. Language Fascists
Who, me?

7. Yoga Porn
However many “hits” they may bring, such “articles” are exploitative and a defilement of the ancient sacred spiritual traditions of yoga.

8. Not Enough Yoga Porn
Fuck those repressed old sages. Yogis like to masturbate, too.

9. Criticism Of Waylon
Seriously, people, that guy puts his heart and soul into Elephant, and deserves your praise and friendship, not your incessant crap.

10. Waylon

* by request from Waylon…really…

About Jay Winston

Jay S. Winston, founder and proprietor of Yoga for Cynics (http://yogaforcynics.blogspot.com), has a PhD in English, making him the kind of doctor who, in case of life-threatening emergency, can explain Faulkner while you die, is currently (semi-)(un-)employed as a freelance writer and editor, teaches creative writing to homeless men, tutors recovering addicts in reading, was recently certified as a Kripalu yoga teacher, gets around mostly by bicycle, is trying to find an agent for his novel, resides in the bucolic Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia, State of Mildly Inebriated Samadhi, U.S.A. and, like most people who bike and practice yoga, used to live in Boulder.

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30 Responses to “Ten Things That Suck About Elephant Journal.*”

  1. Kaoverii Weber Kaoverii says:

    Hi Jay, thank you for only wasting one minute of my time. Om shanti.

  2. Where's the Yoga censor when you need him? I thought Elephant had a Yoga Editor now.

    Who else but Elephant would allow this kind of vicious, sarcastic, self-contradictory, pseudo-humorous crap?

    Bob W.
    Yoga Editor

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  4. Not to mention the shameless exploitation of Elephant porn to beef up (can I say "beef up" here) click volume.

  5. Rebecca says:

    Way to go, EJ!!! A little self-deprecating humor goes a long way!! Love it!

  6. Nathan Smith Nathan says:

    This was an extremely confusing post. But I think I'm coming to terms with that. Thank you, fuck-r.

  7. i hate everything about this post.
    i love everything about this post.

  8. Daniel Slanger Dan Slanger says:

    Thanks for nothing.

  9. Lisa says:

    my favorite part is where you kiss Waylon's behind, right at the end
    otherwise, like you'd say we all suck!
    we all rock!

  10. HA HA HA, this is too funny!!! Waylon sure must have a big sense of humor God bless, your article has me cracking up

  11. Harrient says:

    And everything about posts like this. Just saying.

  12. Lisa says:

    Oh Waylon! This is why I love you almost as much as I love Dr Jay.

  13. SarahB says:

    "Unquestioning devotion to authenticity is, in any department of life, a mark of the naive, or worse." Kingsley Amis

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  15. Rachel says:

    Totally cool, how did you do that? That sums it all up, everything I ever thought wow

  16. Tobye Hillier yogi tobye says:

    Can I add "People reading the comment posted with the article on facebook and start arguing with everyone, when they haven't even read the article…"? :o)

    And can Way explain to me the difference between righteous and self-righteous again please?

    Brilliant!!

  17. Brooks Hall Brooks Hall says:

    I think that ten best or ten suckified things lists suck, except this one…

  18. Like any great work of literature, Jay's masterpiece can be read on many levels. It would make a great Buddhist Koan, for example. It neatly solves the ageless problem of duality by ingeniously taking both sides on every issue in a carefully structured meter. The reader is at first confused, then provoked, then in ecstasy (after getting up off the floor)… Only a people's phd could pull this off.

  19. [...] step: frame up your experience of meditation. Give yourself permission to totally suck. Give yourself permission to have the busiest most frantic mind ever. Give yourself permission to [...]

  20. Hey! The hit counter got reset and this article, which, until recently had nearly 1,500 views, now has 4…this kind of thing definitely qualifies for one of the things that suck about writing for Elephant Journal…

  21. elephantjournal says:

    Bold words from anonymous, that guy/lady always says exactly what they think! Kudos. ~ Waylon

  22. 13thfloorelevators says:

    Do you want to address the irresponsibility of intellectual over-simplification? Or would you prefer to worry about why someone would prefer to not have their identify show up on a site like this?

  23. Sandy says:

    I can't decide if this guy is serious or joking. Bravo either way.

  24. Tobye Hillier yogi tobye says:

    This is really Waylon right? You went to the internet café around the corner and logged in anonymously so you could argue with yourself!

    Brilliant!

  25. 13thfloorelevators says:

    You need to revisit the defin of ad hominem.
    Further, I did not call anyone stupid and lazy. I suggested it as an explanation for behavior. How the fuck would I actually know?

  26. 13thfloorelevators says:

    "YOUR main point, however, was that meat requires killing but killing does not entail murder. That's a potentially interesting point and, in part because I really do assume you're an intelligent person, one I would love for you to flesh out either in the comments below, a submission to the site, or a message (just FB search my name). "

    Are you serious? You cannot think about this for 5 min and figure it out?

  27. Daniel Slanger Dan Slanger says:

    An abusive ad hominem is when you insult someone you are debating rather than simply focusing on the debate in question. Examples of abusive ad hominems would include every comment you've made on this thread and, arguably, this very sentence.

    Um. You actually did call someone stupid and lazy. And then, in the comment below, you kind of did it again.

    Another example of an ad hominem would be if I called you a dunce instead of simply pointing out that your distinction between calling someone stupid and lazy and suggesting that their being stupid and lazy is the best explanation for their behavior is, well, not a real distinction.

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