Woke up to this Trump voter screaming at me over the interwebs the other day. Sorry, Karen. I will not.
First of all: Yoga IS political.
Any teacher who tells you otherwise doesn’t know what they’re doing.
Waaaay beyond a workout, yoga is an ethical system, a spiritual discipline, a way of being in the world grounded in compassion and non-violence and the reality of interdependence.
When you really practice this sh*t, when you realize it’s so much more than just stretching, when you let these radically-loving yogic ethics pervade your every breath, then of *course* it’s political.
And, honestly, that’s why there are so few yoga teachers who’d really vote for Donald Trump or support imperialist war or condone the recent violence against trans kids in Texas and gay folks in Florida.
Many (most?) of us vote blue. Because those very ethics of compassion and non-violence and interdependence make it clear the Christofascist lens of the modern-day GOP is completely incompatible with a yogic way of being.
Second: girl, it’s a free yoga class. On YouTube. Where there are six million other free classes you could take instead.
So if my politics turn you off, close the window. Click away.
Or even better, stay awhile, and see if you can learn a thing or two about the meaningful, life-changing Eastern philosophy that’s behind all this bendy stuff to begin with.