There aren’t a lot of things I love more than pissing off yoga teachers – especially the soft ones – which tend to be white women. It’s just too way too easy.
And I can’t think of many betters ways than talking to the creators of a new podcast called Yoga is Dead, Jesal Parikh and Tejal Patel, about their first episode: “White Women Killed Yoga.”
“Yoga is Dead is a revolutionary podcast that explores power, privilege, fair pay, harassment, race, cultural appropriation and capitalism in the yoga and wellness worlds. Join Indian-American hosts Tejal + Jesal as they exposes all the monsters lurking under the yoga mat.”
It’s one conversation broken into 2 podcast episodes for digestibility. Both are available right now.
We talk about a few hot button issues like cultural appropriation, intent vs impact and a lot of stuff regarding race.
And we get into specific action steps you can take to be better, do better, and make more money.
Before I published it, I asked a few people, both white and not-white women, about what they thought of this conversation — and they made no qualms about telling me that I could have pushed back harder on a few of the points.
I suppose that might be true — but I didn’t do this to be combative or anything…
The main issue I wanted to raise was surrounding how much responsibility a business owner has to be more inclusive when the primary goal of any business is profit. Because without that, the conversation is moot because the business won’t exist.
I had my own issues in yoga classes and we discuss what led me to be jaded enough to start attacking a few years ago.
At the time of this recording, they had something like 6,000 downloads of their first episode in the first week… which is definitely Top 1% of 1% for new podcasts…
So it seems they’re onto something here.
So check this episode out… then it continues in Part 2.
And you can find their podcast at yogaisdeadpodcast.com, and apple, and google and all that stuff.