Yoga Bloggers Get Political


By YJ Editor  |  

woman at laptop computerJust in time for election day, an interesting conversation is happening in the yoga blogosphere about the yoga community’s role in this election.

Last week, Matthew Remski blogged on Elephant Journal a call for the yoga community to “shelve both idealism and politeness to loudly and publicly endorse Obama.” His argument is that while the community seems to have a progressive bent, there’s not much open support for one candidate (although, we’ve seen reports that more yoga teachers have donated to Obama’s campaign and Obama Facebook followers are more likely to read Yoga Journal). Remski points to the non-partisan platform of Off the Mat, Into the World’s YogaVotes and the idea that we should shift the consciousness as yogis.

“My question to the yoga community at large is: why have we not seen a single prominent teacher or yoga organization formally and publicly endorse the Obama-Biden ticket?” he wrote. “Do we not want to get our hands too dirty? Are we too busy pretending It’s All Good? Are we even a community at all?”

Several yoga bloggers have posted their endorsements as Remski suggested—including Derek Beres, Carol Horton, and Canadian Roseanne Harvey. (Remski is also Canadian.)

Of course, there are others who don’t believe that the yoga should be political at all. “I find this politicizing of yoga to be disrespectful and divisive,” wrote EJ commenter Downdogandcats. “There are so many places in the world to find those characteristics. Need yoga be just another one of them?”

As YJ.com blogger Neal Pollack put it: “Yoga knows no political party or ideological affiliation. Politics, like everything else on this precious Earth, are temporary.”