What's Happened to Yoga?


Fame. Fortune. Commercialization. Is this where's modern yoga headed? Or what it's already become? This is the big question tackled by a Boston article called What's Happened to Yoga?

The article opens with a scene from a yoga class, where two students are busy texting away to the dismay of their teacher, Natasha Rizopoulos. Then it touches on the serious issues keeping modern yogis up at night--mainly monetization and commercialization.

For this reason, among others, Rizopoulos is aligning herself with some of the country's foremost yoga teachers who are trying to take back yoga from the masses who they believe are running afoul of the traditions of a 5,000-year-old spiritual, intellectual, and physical discipline.

The underlying idea of this "movement" is a studio called Down Under Yoga, which held a summit last weekend to discuss modern yoga, including ways yogis can stay aligned with yoga's roots in modern times.

We want to know:

Is modern yoga too big to generalize about?

What aspects of modern yoga enhance the practice?

And what aspects diminish it?

Nora Isaacs is a Bay Area-based health writer and editor.