Real Yoga: No Chanting. No Granola. No Sanskrit.

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on Oct 24, 2009
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Good God (Shiva?).

Regretfully added Clarification. Since this post as originally published (without comment) continues to illicit violent (!) reactions from yogis (?!) everywhere, here’s what I thought when I saw the below. Thought it would be self-apparent we’re not fans of this sort of anti-yoga yoga, but… ~ ed.

We here at elephant laughed out loud (yes, literally) when we saw these posters in LA…while it’s fine for those uninterested in the spiritual roots of yoga to practice without sanskrit, yoga, or “granola” (!), it’s still a little sad/scary/silly that they’re so loudly, proudly rejecting yoga’s roots.

As seen in Venice, California, at YAS Yoga.

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63 Responses to “Real Yoga: No Chanting. No Granola. No Sanskrit.”

  1. elephantjournal says:

    I'm down with it if it's opening the gate wider to those who might otherwise be un-interested in a more "spiritual" path of yoga. It just seems like macho posturing, the way it's put–but perhaps it's just tongue in cheek humor.

    But, still, what's wrong with granola in the morning?

  2. elephantjournal says:

    Shortest best comment of the day, at least in this context, I agree. Mostly!

  3. elephantjournal says:

    Yes and no–yoga without breath practice, drishti and alignment is exercise. Yoga is as yogi does.

  4. yogadivina says:

    Dont want the ancient bullshit. try Yogo and go

  5. […] Guess what? Your students don’t speak Sanskrit; they speak English (or Spanish, or whatever language they speak, but probably not Sanskrit). Teachers who talk in a foreign language come across like showoffs. This is a sure-fire way to disconnect from students. This disconnect is annoying and easily avoided—use your Sanskrit sparingly. […]

  6. elephantjournal says:

    Seriously! Where's the other defenders of granola! ~ Waylon

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  9. Nice and informative.Thanks for sharing.

  10. TroyA says:

    Thank you all for your comments. I have this conversation and tend more toward the traditional. What I want understand is how did yoga make its way into the fitness industry? That is part of the problem. Somewhere along it’s evolution it got mis-classified. That said, if something evolves far enought, at what point does it actually become something else? Yoga without it’s spiritual roots isn’t yoga. Yoga poses aren’t yoga-any gymnast could come to a yoga class and school everyone on every pose, right? Would you say they had , then, just done a yoga practice? Probably not. So what makes yoga, yoga? It’s roots and inherent design as a spiritual practice. Without that, it’s become something different.

  11. Vickie says:

    once upon a time there was a man who watched how the animals moved and decided to copy those same movements so he could become strong, agile, balanced, and beautiful. Yoga, and then some others took those animal poses and added spiritual rituals to them. So going back to the original intent … To become strong, agile, balanced and beautiful. English is an easier and more effective way to convey the function and expectation of the pose while working in a non traditional environment such as a fitness center. Teach to the members, to the audience, in the way in which they receive. America is rich in diversity, something for everyone…. No judgement.

  12. Mike M. says:

    Meh. It is obnoxious and ignorant. But yoga is thousands of years old born from a culture that has withstood many conquests and changed the conqueror far more than the conqueror changed them. We can't break yoga. We overestimate our power as the youthful often do. We need only practice yoga as best we can and spread its full story to those who are open to it. If a person earnestly practices the physical side of yoga long enough, they will want more. After all, this stuff really works.

  13. […] say that Yoga for Weight Loss, Disco Yoga, Bikram, Adidas Yoga with (my friend) Rainbeau Mars and Yoga without all that annoying Granola, Chanting or Sanskrit may not be “traditional yoga” (a moving target in and of itself)…but nevertheless may help […]