My response to Yogadork’s various comments at XX & elephant, today.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Feb 3, 2012
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Tempest, meet Teapot.

From a friend: “Yikes! Touchy RT from Yogadork!”

My reply: “Wow. I DMed and emailed her, said I did like her and her writing and just disagreed, but have been defending her in comments that say YD is being salacious. We’ve given up ka-thousands of views today on this, she didn’t, she knows what she’s doing.”


Dear Yogadork,

Again, for the sixth time today, literally, I respect your decision to publish the accusations.

I love your writing and like you, to the limited extent I know you.

While much of what is found on that site may be true, or may not be, it was my gut decision to hold back until there were sources for these accusations that very well could hurt real, not virtual, human beings and their families. I have defended your decision to publish the accusations all day, in public and in private. We are allowed to have different opinions on such matters. As for featuring our non-comments on our home page, all new articles go on our home page. We made a very real, and from a business point of view regrettable decision to give up our job as a news site and allow others, yourself in this case, to break the news. XXX, which you also take an uncalled for potshot at above, also chose not to publish the accusations, and also gave up 10s of 1000s of readers in the process.

In the end, this is about union. We can respect our differences and not insult one another even as we do so. I sent readers your way not out of snideness or condescension, but because you had reported the rumors, and we hadn’t. We will cover this when we know more. Until then, enjoy riding that edge—I’ve been there many times before and know that it’s exhilarating and painful. I do respect and like you and am sorry to have seen your insulting message on twitter, and now this.

Good bye for now.

Yours in creating enlightened society,



About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


12 Responses to “My response to Yogadork’s various comments at XX & elephant, today.”

  1. yogadork says:

    really? no one's warring at you. honestly.
    provoking with emailing, dm'ing, posting on facebook, and now on your blog is not necessary.

  2. elephantjournal says:

    I didn't provoke, and didn't aim to. I sent you sincere messages. I've received nothing but two not-very-if-at-all-veiled-insults.

    Thanks for reaching out. If you'd genuinely like to discuss, call, email me or skype me…I've already as you say reached out (generally to defend you) throughout the day. I was surprised at your twitter message, and then your blog. ~ Waylon.

  3. James DiPino says:

    Since when did this become the Waylon show? Last time I checked the real issue was with finding out the truth regarding John Friend and Anusara. No matter the accusations, mixed emotions, or comments on YD or EJ that fact of the matter is, this is not about Waylon. Never was. So to make this a personal issue between you and YD is poor taste on your part.

  4. elephantjournal says:

    I agree, James, and thanks for not being anonymous. To be fair, perhaps you haven't seen YD's blog that inspired/provoked this one. Check that out, then get back to me.

    The above was my clumsy attempt to offer some peace and context. For me, this blog here is not about me or YD, but rather about online media and media generally and how we can best be of service, both in truth and in ahimsa, during such confusing and painful and harmful times. And that is an important question, and I hope I broached that important question fairly, transparently and with respect for all concerned.

    As I said in the intro, if you or I are tired of this, and I know I am (it's 130 am), you and I should go practice. All of this is no more than tempest in a teapot, for now, until we have facts or sources. Until then, it's just sad and painful for all concerned.

    In any case, thanks for your comment.

    Yours in openness and resolution,


  5. vanessafiola says:

    Wait. Someone took a potshot at us? Ouch.

  6. elephantjournal says:

    I wouldn't worry, when the future electro magnetic shocks that Newt has warned US about come, all the internet will be erased. ~ Waylon

  7. Tod Brilliant says:


    You’ve done an admirable job navigating very, very tricky waters that are overstocked with egos. My hat is off to you for being very and very direct in this. Dispassionately, there are very interesting lessons to be learned here about PR and social media… not to reduce the hardships of real people through a marketing lens, but your audience is a beautiful an confounding admixture of the best and most hypocritical the world has to offer.

    Less is more,


  8. elephantjournal says:

    Eloquently put. Are you not entertained!?

    I feel like this is bloodsport. Controversy I love, I'm not above anything. If it's a PETA video talking about fur, fine. But if human beings on both sides of the divide, in this case, are in the mix, I will wait until I have a single source. And our readers should do the same. Judgment is fine. Prejudgment is not…it's prejudice. This isn't a time for gossip–this is a really sad time.

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  10. Claire says:

    What was the point in posting this? It seems totally unnecessary and pretty mean to Yogadork.

  11. elephantjournal says:

    It was, as I said, my reply to her three public insults.

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