6 episodes

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.

Yoga is Dead Yoga is Dead

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.4, 724 Ratings

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.

    EP 6 - 200 HOURS KILLED YOGA

    EP 6 - 200 HOURS KILLED YOGA

    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 

    • 1 hr 10 min
    EP 5 - VEGANS KILLED YOGA

    EP 5 - VEGANS KILLED YOGA

    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 

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Ep 4 - Vinyasa Killed Yoga

    Ep 4 - Vinyasa Killed Yoga

    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 

    • 40 min
    Ep 3 - Gurus Killed Yoga

    Ep 3 - Gurus Killed Yoga

    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 
     
     



     

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ep 2 - Karma capitalism Killed Yoga

    Ep 2 - Karma capitalism Killed Yoga

    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 

    • 48 min
    Ep 1 - White Women Killed Yoga

    Ep 1 - White Women Killed Yoga

    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 

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
724 Ratings

724 Ratings

JessMakesAMess ,

Butt hurt white people

Many valid and important points brought up. I can kind of see why people dislike the hosts... but also, it just seems like the disapproving voices are coming from white fragility.

HH4NN ,

Not Into Yoga, but Now I Am

Tejal and Jesal eloquently explain history, concepts, and personal emotional experiences that anyone can understand. Hoping for a season 2!

mschoeberlein0210 ,

Thank You!

I am really enjoying this podcast so far! As a white-privileged woman doing my 200 Hour YTT, with only a few years of self-practice, I find it incredibly valuable and informative. I feel it’s important when studying yoga (particularly for white westerners) to examine all sides of modern yoga - including some of the cultural implications of wide-spread “yoga” in the west and understand the history, modern appropriations, and problematic elements that have arisen with regards to yoga in recent decades. I could see how some of the conversations could be tough for some people to hear, but I think it’s incredibly important that we - especially those of us who are white-privileged - listen to them with an open mind and understand. These are issues that some of us may not think about unless they’re brought to our attention so I thank these amazing ladies for doing this podcast! It’s important work!

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