The McYoga Sutras, Chapter 1: Self Absorption. ~ Laura Riggs

Via Recovering Yogi
on Jan 10, 2012
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Originally published by our elephriends over at Recovering Yogi on January 4, 2011. 

The McYoga Sutras, Chapter 1: Self Absorption.

By Laura Riggs

Herein lies The McYoga Sutras, a four-chapter treatise, providing you, student, with the keys to enlightenment. Or at least the outward appearance of it, which is all that ever matters anyway.  These four chapters, deliberately curated to render you an expert in under 200 hours (Yoga Alliance-certified!) are:  Self Absorption, The Eight Limbs of McYoga, McYoga Economics and Becoming Extraordinary

This jewel is being offered to you for a mere $120 per month, by the leaders of the Cult of the Self-Absorbed, Judgmental and the Obnoxious so that we may continue to fund our daily alcohol and opium rations, while spiritualizing your hypochondria, as our trust funds have now run out and we have been told to get real jobs.  If you, too, lack any sort of professional or social skills, then please join the movement to avoid personal suffering and accountability, at all costs, while touting your path toward enlightenment to anyone bored enough with their own lives to listen to your overt story of denial.

Part 1: Self Absorption

1.1   Now begins the study and practice of McYoga

1.2   McYoga is merely for physical fitness and a means of manifesting money

1.3   The goal of McYoga is never spiritual, period, this is called self absorption

1.4   McYoga’s purpose is to teach the practitioner how to achieve self absorption and that self-identity is an illusion to be overcome.

1.5   At other times, when one is not self absorbed, the follower appears to take on the form of five modifications to conjure the mentality within the McYoga clique

1.6   These five modifications manifest as misconception, gossip, detachment, narcissism, and allegiance

1.7   Misconception is an illusionary knowledge that attending a McYoga studio will help the practitioner live an extraordinary life

1.8   Gossip is the spread of false rumors about those who are “off our path” to standardization of the physical practice

1.9   The practitioner will partake in smoking various plants from the earth to become firmly rooted in complete detachment from reality in order to enjoy attending mind-numbing raves, aka “yoga festivals”

1.10 Narcissism is achieved when the practitioner realizes detachment from others will leave one completely fixated on his/her self

1.11 Allegiance is complete when the practitioner swears loyalty to McYoga as their sole provider of all forms of physical fitness and spends their income on a monthly membership, worthless trainings, mediocre lifestyle programs, and investing in future McYoga locations

1.12 These personality modifications will be mastered through practice and aversion

1.13 McYoga makes it easy to practice 2-3 times daily now that we have 50+ locations open in the US (and another 50 slated to open this year)

1.14 Aversion is realized when one believes that they because they subscribe to McYoga, they have somehow become a better person, all the while behaving like an egomaniacal, judgmental prick

1.15 From that practice, obstacles to successful aversion begin to disappear

1.16 These obstacles are awareness, wise knowledge, empathy, humility, wise action, and honor

1.17 Accompanying these obstacles are frustration, amnesia, judgments, restlessness, disease and injury

1.18 In order to prevent these obstacles from arising, one should habituate themselves in the teaching of McYoga

1.19 By cultivating attitudes of indifference toward suffering, denial toward truth, indulgence toward vice, and anger toward others, the obstacles can be lessened

1.20 Another way to McYoga is the mastery of ignorance

1.21 Without reflection, ignorance is bliss

1.22 Without reflection, the practitioner remains in a state of ignorance to varying degrees

1.23 McYoga is born through the repression of awareness and all individuality is lost

Now that you have a better understanding of what McYoga is, the next phase to joining the Cult is to follow our simple 8-step program in Chapter 2: Eight Limbs of McYoga (coming soon!).

About Laura Riggs

Laura started practicing yoga roughly ten years ago and began teaching five years ago.  She left a successful career in advertising to teach yoga full-time because she decided it would be totally rad to pretend she was 21 again. She managed two large studios for the past two years, led many teacher trainings, and enjoyed having her soul sucked out of her. Now that the LSD in the Kool-Aid they had her drink before work each day has worn off, she is relieved to be rid of a company that believes first in money and second in “speaking your truth” — so long as it agrees with “our truth” because “our truth” can kick “your truth’s” ass!  She does admit there are days that she still checks the studio’s yoga schedule and experiences flashbacks – only to be grateful she no longer has to manage the severely undereducated teachers trying their best to fulfill the studio’s mandate to “Bring the Sexy Back” to yoga. Last time she checked herself, before she wrecked herself, yoga was never sexy to begin with…..

Artwork by: Vanessa Fiola 


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17 Responses to “The McYoga Sutras, Chapter 1: Self Absorption. ~ Laura Riggs”

  1. What?? Am I expected to make up new comments every time you post this? Bah humbug!!!

    "McYogi?" Honey, a little more opium and you can be like me: McGod.

    That’s my maiden name: Braja McGod.

    Now hand me the pipe….

  2. T.A.H. says:

    "This jewel is being offered to you for a mere $120 per month" — haha… really funny article. Thanks for giving me a chuckle in an otherwise rough day. I look forward to reading the next 3 chapters!

  3. Susan in Maine says:

    As I embark on my own teacher training I will keep all this in mind! ahahahah!

  4. Priceless!!
    Truly priceless!!
    I love the five modifications.
    Well done, my lady. Well done indeed. 🙂

  5. "1.14 Aversion is realized when one believes that they because they subscribe to McYoga, they have somehow become a better person, all the while behaving like an egomaniacal, judgmental prick"

    Perfect description of my wife!!!

  6. yogijulian says:

    not only is this funny and astute but it is a pretty carefully accurate parody of book one of sutras and popular yoga culture.

    in a world where satire goes unappreciated, may your cleverness be recognized!

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  8. Laura says:

    Oh NO Harleigh!

  9. Laura says:

    Thank you!

  10. Laura says:

    HAHA – hard to keep up – glad you are copying and pasting – need to save those precious fingers for loading your pipe. 🙂

  11. Me? Oh, no, I have the servants do that…

    (Oh go on, whip me for having servants. McGOD. Holy crap….)

  12. catnipkiss says:

    Do you have healthy options on your McMenu???? 🙂 -Alexa

  13. Do they have a central buying office? I have some indispensable yoga products for them ;–)

  14. Laura says:

    Well, of course, we will lie to you and say we do, but we all know that yoga mats are still made of rubber…. 😉

  15. Laura says:

    Yes! Please send your info to 1001 Bullshit Lane, Crazy Town USA 108108

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