February has been a tension-filled month in the yoga world! Most of the tension centers around an incident at the Northwest Yoga Conference and an opinion piece in the New York Times. Read all the juicy details below in this month’s yoga link roundup.
Something Stinks At The Northwest Yoga Conference—Savitri, renowned meditation master and co-founder of Purna Yoga™, was kicked out of the Northwest Yoga Conference during the middle of her speech. Even though Savitri was given ten minutes to speak, conference founder and director Melissa Hagedorn interrupted her, took the microphone out of her hand, and asked her to leave. Many people in the yoga community have been disturbed and confused by this incident and have been asking the founders for answers.
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Savitri’s daughter’s Facebook post and video of Savitri’s speech—Savitri’s daughter, Zenia Lumeria, posted the video of the incident on her public Facebook page along with her thoughts and updates on the situation. “This was disrespectful toward an elder, the Indian yogic lineage, and a meditation master and yoga master with together collectively 80 years of experience in the yoga world.” At the time of this publishing, the Facebook post has 233 comments, 944 shares, and 712 reactions.
An open letter to sponsors, teachers, studios, and leaders connected to the Northwest Yoga Conference—This letter was drafted in collaboration with Aadil Palkhivala and Savitri. It will be sent to teachers, studios, sponsors, and other persons in positions of leadership who share a connection with the Northwest Yoga Conference. Here’s the actual letter.
Statement About 2018 Northwest Yoga Conference—After days of silence, the Northwest Yoga Conference founder and director, Melissa Hagedorn, published this statement about what happened with Savitri at the Northwest Yoga Conference.
Why Yoga Pants Are Bad for Women—On February 17th, the New York Times published this opinion piece about yoga pants and the exercise industry. The writer’s main concern: the booming industry around women’s exercise and the need to look hot at the gym. “But now we’ve internalized the idea that we have to look hot at the gym? Give me a break. The gym is one of the few places where we’re supposed to be able to focus on how our bodies feel, not just on how they look.”
The New York Times Came For Yoga Pants, And Women Aren’t Having It—The opinion piece in the NYT has gotten tons of backlash—mostly in the form of women defending their own choice to wear yoga pants and whatever they want for that matter. Here’s a Twitter roundup by the Huffington Post.
What the “New York Times” yoga pants op-ed gets wrong about women and group fitness classes—One writer shares what wearing yoga pants and going to classes really represents. Hint: It involves cultivating a positive body image and sense of personal choice.
NYT Shames Women for Their Yoga Pants—in the Name of Feminism—Learn what feminism has got to do with yoga pants in this response to the op-ed in the NYT.