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A revolutionary podcast that exposes the dirty underbelly of the yoga industry. Get ready to have your eyes opened and your perceptions challenged…this ain’t your white yoga podcast. Grab your chai and settle in, Becky.
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EP 6 - 200 HOURS KILLED YOGA

EP 6 - 200 HOURS KILLED YOGA

2020-01-0201:10:244

In this episode, we look at the history and evolution of yoga teachers and who is deemed qualified to teach. We explore the ideas of guru-shisya parampara and indigenous knowledge of yoga. We discuss a householder’s approach to a yogic lifestyle and take a critical look at yoga credentialing and the Yoga Alliance 200-HR program. We discuss the issues of an hours based model instead of a competency based model for yoga teacher certification. As always, we wrap the episode with tips for bolstering personal standards for those teaching and practicing yoga.   Click for Ep 6 - 200 Hours Killed Yoga Resources: https://www.yogaisdeadpodcast.com/resources     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.   Support this podcast with your donation, become a Patron and receive member perks, shop Yoga is Dead fundraiser shirts (S-4X), totes, and stickers, join the Facebook Group conversation for real-time conversations with listeners, and listen to previous episodes here.   Check us out on social: Podcast Instagram: @yogaisdeadpodcast Podcast Twitter: @yogaisdeadpod Jesal's Instagram: @yogawalla Tejal's Instagram: @tejalyoga Venmo: @yogaisdeadpodcast 
EP 5 - VEGANS KILLED YOGA

EP 5 - VEGANS KILLED YOGA

2019-11-1201:13:434

In this episode, we explore concepts of ahimsa, vegetarianism, veganism, diet culture, and a sattvic diet. We discuss how non-injury and non-harm can be interpreted in different ways, depending on your yoga education and your religious beliefs. We share our personal stories and thoughts on diet and lifestyle as yoga teachers, the reality of what it means to eat in a yogic way, what it means to be healthy. We discuss individual contribution vs governmental regulation when it comes to food and responsibility. As always, we wrap the episodes with tips for practicing ahimsa when it comes to diet culture. Click for Ep 5 - Vegans Killed Yoga Resources: https://www.yogaisdeadpodcast.com/resources     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.   Support this podcast with your donation, become a Patron and receive member perks, shop Yoga is Dead fundraiser shirts (S-4X), totes, and stickers, join the Facebook Group conversation for real-time conversations with listeners, and listen to previous episodes here.   Check us out on social: Podcast Instagram: @yogaisdeadpodcast Podcast Twitter: @yogaisdeadpod Jesal's Instagram: @yogawalla Tejal's Instagram: @tejalyoga Venmo: @yogaisdeadpodcast 
EP 4 - VINYASA KILLED YOGA   In this episode, we discuss the history and evolution of the vinyasa practice and issues of accessibility, yoga injuries, and a culture of athleticism. We touch on concepts of vinyasa, surya namaskar, tapas, modern postural yoga and the evolution of asana. We discuss certain popular yoga gimmicks and debunk the theory that no yoga is authentic. We share our personal stories and preferred methods for practicing and teaching. We pitch the importance of yoga & community and we wrap the episode with guidelines and tips for practicing vinyasa in an inclusive and accessible way.   Click for Ep 4 - Vinyasa Killed Yoga Resources: https://www.yogaisdeadpodcast.com/resources     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.   Support this podcast with your donation, become a Patron and receive member perks, shop Yoga is Dead fundraiser shirts (S-4X), totes, and stickers, join the Facebook Group conversation for real-time conversations with listeners, and listen to previous episodes here.   Check us out on social: Podcast Instagram: @yogaisdeadpodcast Podcast Twitter: @yogaisdeadpod Jesal's Instagram: @yogawalla Tejal's Instagram: @tejalyoga Venmo: @yogaisdeadpodcast 
Ep 3 - Gurus Killed Yoga

Ep 3 - Gurus Killed Yoga

2019-07-2101:02:414

EP 3 - GURUS KILLED YOGA In this episode, we discuss the mindset of followers that fall prey to gurus. We touch on concepts like ahimsa, brahmacharya, and isvara pranidhana. We take a look at yoga gurus, power dynamics, and personality characteristics that are often linked to abuse, harm, and misconduct. We share our personal stories of guru vs mentor. We wrap the episode with harassment communication guidelines for studio owners to adhere to and for traveling yogis as homework. Click for Ep 3 - Gurus Killed Yoga Resources: https://www.yogaisdeadpodcast.com/resources     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.   Support this podcast with your donation, become a Patron and receive member perks, shop Yoga is Dead fundraiser shirts (S-4X), totes, and stickers, join the Facebook Group conversation for real-time conversations with listeners, and listen to previous episodes here.   Check us out social: Podcast Instagram: @yogaisdeadpodcast Podcast Twitter: @yogaisdeadpod Jesal's Instagram: @yogawalla Tejal's Instagram: @tejalyoga Venmo: @yogaisdeadpodcast       
Ep 2 - Karma capitalism Killed Yoga In this episode, we discuss the role that karma capitalism plays in killing yoga. We cover concepts of karma, seva, dharma, fair pay, and the commodification of yoga. We share stories of hiring & firing, contracts and the lack thereof, what constitutes an employee vs. an independent contractor, and share a surprising legal situation. We wrap the episode leaving you with this question - what constitutes your karma yoga?   Click for Ep 2 - Gurus Killed Yoga Resources   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.   Support this podcast with your donation, become a Patron and receive member perks, shop Yoga is Dead fundraiser shirts (S-4X), totes, and stickers, join the Facebook Group conversation for real-time conversations with listeners, and listen to previous episodes here.   Check us out social: Podcast Instagram: @yogaisdeadpodcast Podcast Twitter: @yogaisdeadpod Jesal's Instagram: @yogwalla Tejal's Instagram: @tejalyoga Venmo: @yogaisdeadpodcast 
In this episode, we discuss the role that white women play in killing yoga. We cover topics like spiritual bypassing, white fragility, cultural appropriation, power dynamics and the cultural characteristics of white women that wreaks havoc on the yoga industry. We wrap the episode with a toolkit for yoga studio owners, yoga teachers, and the yoga community at large to do better with diversity and inclusivity in the name of yoga. We want to acknowledge that this topic is going to be difficult for a lot of you who might be listening. If you’re white, you might hear a stereotype and think “well that’s not all of us.” And while that may be true, it’s the same as saying “not all men.” In our experience, white people – especially white women, don’t respond well to being generalized or stereotyped. So, if this episode makes you feel upset, angry or defensive, we suggest you sit with those feelings and reflect on why your feelings are more valid than ours.   Click for Ep 1 - White Women Killed Yoga Resources   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.   Support this podcast with your donation, become a Patron and receive member perks, shop Yoga is Dead fundraiser shirts (S-4X), totes, and stickers, join the Facebook Group conversation for real-time conversations with listeners, and listen to previous episodes here.   Check us out social: Podcast Instagram: @yogaisdeadpodcast Podcast Twitter: @yogaisdeadpod Jesal's Instagram: @yogwalla Tejal's Instagram: @tejalyoga Venmo: @yogaisdeadpodcast 
Comments (5)

Scott Roskos

They bring up some great discussion points, but often fail to give others the benefit of the doubt. There is much recalling of experiences where they were offended, but tell the listener only their interpretation of what the offender was thinking. Essentially, it's "this is what YOU did or YOU are because you make ME feel this way". We don't know what the offender was actually thinking and it doesn't seem to matter because that person is objectified for the purpose of making a point. More, better research and a level of objectivity could make this a great podcast.

Aug 18th
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M Criollasa

This is irresponsible. it should be named how diet culture or even ahimsa killed yoga. had nothing to do with actual veganism. they just want more clicks. very disappointed with how unresearched this one was in terms of veganism (when they even did mention it).

Jan 22nd
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Mel

Wow. Fuck that guy. I love this podcast. Thank you so much for making it, definitely a topic that people don't talk about enough, it puts words to my discomfort with the white/American yoga world, and I'm learning so much. Can't wait for the next episode!!

Aug 28th
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David Robinson

By far the whiniest podcast I have heard. Utterly lacking in evidence, resilience and self-awareness. This is the yoga podcast version of 2 women bitching about their boyfriends. Listen to this if you want to hear the phrase "white women" used meaninglessly again and again and again. Oh and of course the patriarchy gets mentioned repeatedly. How do these 2 women even get through a single day without just shitting themselves because a man looked at them.

Aug 9th
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