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

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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Mike M. Jul 5, 2012 10:20am

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.

Vickie Jun 15, 2012 6:56pm

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.

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