*A note from Wolf: The letters below are both in opposition to MY MOST RECENT COLUMN published in Yoga Journal's Nov/Dec 2020 issue. I did not censor the first letter on purpose. My response to this pushback can be found by clicking "Read More."
I just read your response to "Just Be Peaceful" in the Nov/Dec issue.
What a load of shit. This is precisely why people are turning away from yoga, because we are being battered by Yogis and the yoga world about "diving deep into our discomfort". I don't need to be made feel guilty about my thoughts and beliefs while practicing my flow. Yoga is where I come to sooth my mind and listen to my body - I'm not here to make political statements. I understand that the basis of yoga is to center yourself- but why throw politics and social justice into it? Why can't we just enjoy yoga without being BULLIED into feeling decisive and guilty about our skin color? I will definitely NOT be renewing my subscription with Yoga Journal because of comments like yours. I'm sure I'm not the only one. I have complained to Yoga Journal and their publishers about you. I love who I am, I am at peace with my beliefs (none of your effing business) and I love my yoga practice - but I will be doing it without YOU and your pressure that we need to "get to work".
How about FUCK YOU!!
Very sincerely and totally OK with myself
I am writing this in response to a Dear Wolf from the Nov/Dec 2020 Yoga Journal where Just Be Peaceful told you about her yoga experience. “In the last few years I’ve found the yoga community to be charged with politics. While I agree with some of what’s said, it taints the practice for me. Why can’t yoga just be yoga?”I wholeheartedly agree with “Just Be Peaceful.” I am a certified yoga instructor and I was taught that yoga is breath, that we are to be in the moment letting go of all the stress and things that have happened in our day. How can you do that when your yoga instructor is spouting their political view? We are told that we should be kind to all Humans and see the love in each and everyone, then how can you say “If your yoga does not center politics, social justice and human rights, then it is not yoga”? By saying that you are saying it is alright to bash the political candidates and my opinions. You never know who is in your class and what their political views may be. My yoga class is not the place for me to voice my thoughts on my political views nor is my social media that my students can see. That is just not professional. I am very disappointed with what I’ve seen in social media this year with yoga instructors and political bashing. I understand having a view, but isn’t it about making a difference, being up to something bigger? Just ranting about things others are doing isn’t that. Go out and make a difference, but there is no need to just yell about what others are doing, BE THE CHANGE you want to see and do it ethically and morally. I think we all want the same thing, a world where everyone can get along and have their own opinions, but my yoga class should be a safe place for all Humans to come together, practice together and feel safe doing so.
Peace Begins with Me