Monday 18th December 2017,
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The Yoga Snatchers

Hinduism Under Assault: Appropriation and a New Model for Conversion.

Hinduism Under Assault: Appropriation and a New Model for Conversion.

The growing phenomena of Christian yoga is not only cultural appropriation, it reveals more serious considerations for Hinduism and Sanatana Dharma. While it is certainly true that Christians can practice yoga, I am not aware of any Christian theology regarding yoga. Yoga, as a word or practice, has no etymology in the [...]

January 15, 2017 Guest Author Analysis/Insights, Archives, The Yoga Snatchers Comments Off on Hinduism Under Assault: Appropriation and a New Model for Conversion.

Enlightenment for SALE : All Major Cards and PayPal Accepted

Enlightenment for SALE : All Major Cards and PayPal Accepted

The popular ‘New Age’ movement of this era is a vast network of individuals, groups, organizations, cults, foundations, etc. who expound and preach a watered-down patchwork of borrowed spiritual beliefs and rituals which present a dazzling array of luring theories and practices, yet somehow fail to capture the depth and intended essence of the esoteric [...]

August 3, 2016 HHR Analysis/Insights, Archives, The Yoga Snatchers Comments Off on Enlightenment for SALE : All Major Cards and PayPal Accepted

The Yoga ‘HinduPhobic’ Alliance

The Yoga ‘HinduPhobic’ Alliance

The Intent of real Hatha Yoga Sanskrit/Hindu word yoga means, yuj Atman Brahman ca (to yoke to one’s individual Soul and Soul Source). Sanskrit is by definition the religious language of Hinduism, “The ancient Aryan (noble) language of the Hindus.” The various real Yogas are the means by which Hindus achieve this Soul/Spiritual-Realization: Karma Yoga, [...]

January 8, 2016 HHR The Yoga Snatchers Comments Off on The Yoga ‘HinduPhobic’ Alliance

De-colonization As De-contextualization: Why The ‘Cultural Appropriation’ Argument Is Not About Yoga

De-colonization As De-contextualization: Why The ‘Cultural Appropriation’ Argument Is Not About Yoga

To my chagrin and dismay, self-appointed defenders of oppressed cultures who cast contemporary western yoga as the second coming of the East India Company have attached themselves to the fabric of yoga discourse with the stubborn persistence of a burr on a sock. Consequently, perfectly serviceable yoga programs are now at risk of being run [...]

December 26, 2015 Guest Author Archives, The Yoga Snatchers Comments Off on De-colonization As De-contextualization: Why The ‘Cultural Appropriation’ Argument Is Not About Yoga

Yoga & The Unbearable Being of Whiteness

Yoga & The Unbearable Being of Whiteness

“A safer space is a supportive, non-threatening environment that encourages open-mindedness, respect, a willingness to learn from others, as well as physical and mental safety. It is a space that is critical of the power structures that affect our everyday lives, and where power dynamics, backgrounds, and the effects of our behavior on others are [...]

December 17, 2015 HHR Analysis/Insights, Archives, The Yoga Snatchers 1

“Who’s flying this plane? : The blind leading the blind in Western Yoga”

“Who’s flying this plane? : The blind leading the blind in Western Yoga”

Just as Yoga in the West seemed ready to set flight with that many more passengers aboard, something stalled the latest take-off. The Western Yoga world vomited all over itself. We'd been holding back our own bile for so long, and then a single Yoga teacher in Ottawa finally triggered the gag-reflex -- [...]

December 7, 2015 Guest Author Analysis/Insights, The Yoga Snatchers 1

Yoga as the Colonized Subject

Yoga as the Colonized Subject

Within the serene, spare yoga studios across Europe and America, yoga has become so assimilated into everyday language and activity that, to the predominantly Caucasian practitioners, the idea that violence and privilege have created their practices might have never even occurred. My own teaching practice has become a pedagogical experiment in shedding light on the continuing [...]

August 30, 2015 HHR Analysis/Insights, Archives, The Yoga Snatchers 2

How YOGA became ANTI-YOGA

How YOGA became ANTI-YOGA

On a spring day a long time ago, a hunter killed one of a pair of birds while in their courtship dance. Such cruelty said the sage Valmiki can only mean one thing. We are now bereft of values and social and ecological disaster looms for future generations. “Is there no one that is upright [...]

July 27, 2015 HHR The Yoga Snatchers Comments Off on How YOGA became ANTI-YOGA

Meditation Education

Meditation Education

There are many misconceptions about Yoga and/or meditation, especially in the material-minded West. Many there, seem to confuse relaxation and “mindfulness” with Hindu’s meditation-proper, which is primarily of a more exact and technical methodology, and is of a primarly psycho-spiritual nature. This is a typical confusion that happens often between Eastern spirituality and/or Yogic techniques and with vague New Age cliches. [...]

March 11, 2015 Sean Bradrick The Yoga Snatchers, World Focus Comments Off on Meditation Education

Disrespect for Hinduism amongst Western Yoga teachers and Practitioners

Disrespect for Hinduism amongst Western Yoga teachers and Practitioners

The Problem While yoga is growing at a rapid pace within the western world, its association with Hinduism is all too frequently becoming lost, disregarded and more importantly disrespected. This has been repeatedly illustrated within the corporate world through the introduction of items such as the “Hindu deity toilet seat cover” and Hindu deity shoes [...]

December 24, 2014 HHR Archives, The Yoga Snatchers Comments Off on Disrespect for Hinduism amongst Western Yoga teachers and Practitioners