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“Yoga, Inc.,” the documentary about the commercialization of yoga by filmmaker John Philp, made its debut at the end of April at Hot Docs, the documentary film festival in Toronto. Clips are available at youtube.com.
Although most of the controversies covered aren’t breaking news, the film exposes the warts of the American yoga industry in one convenient sitting: the Bikram copyright case, the franchising of yoga studios, inappropriate teacher/student relationships, and using yoga to market everything from shoes to underwear.
In the film, Trisha Lamb, director of research at the Yoga Research and Education Center in Middletown, Calif., says “One of the ones that kinda crosses the line for me is chakra panties. My question is, what next?”
What next, indeed. What do you consider crossing the line?