Yoga is dead…or is it?
The yoga and wellness spaces are rife with random organizations, arbitrary certifications, and corporations with less than honorable interests. This ancient tradition that was once a mental, spiritual, and physical practice has become commodified and commercialized. The cultural image of a “yogi” has become synonymous with the image of a young, thin, and able-bodied white woman… but yoga is so much more than that.
Jesal Parikh is on a mission to re-educate the world about the true origins of yoga, and (in her words) “expose all the monsters lurking under the yoga mat.” Racism, harassment, privilege, capitalism, and cultural appropriation have taken up space in the yoga world for far too long.
Jesal is my kind of people. Much like the rest of us, she is a disrupter. Piece by piece, she is making the yoga space more inclusive, more diverse, and more aligned with the true purpose and cultural history that yoga has always stood for. Yoga might appear to be dead, but people like Jesal are ensuring that it’s more alive than ever.