Episode 65

60 mins

Tejal & Jesal - Yoga is Dead

November 3, 2019

Tejal Patel and Jesal Parikh are yoga teachers and the hosts of the Yoga is Dead podcast. In their own words: "Yoga is Dead is a revolutionary podcast that explores power, privilege, fair pay, harassment, race, cultural appropriation and capitalism in the yoga and wellness worlds. Join Indian-American hosts Tejal + Jesal as they expose all the monsters lurking under the yoga mat."

Jo and Rane love the podcast and were super excited to catch up with Jesal and Tejal! Yoga is Dead has taken the yoga world by storm with their honest yet humourous approach to these important issues and were eager to find out more about the women behind the podcast.

In this conversation, we learn about Tejal and Jesal's backgrounds growing up in the suburbs of Massachusetts and Michigan in the United States. We learn about some of their motivations in starting the podcast, how they chose the name and whether they have an end goal in mind.

There is a great conversation on cultural appropriation, and we ask them whether Mark Singleton's book Yoga Body is a form of whitewashing.

Links
Website: https://www.yogaisdeadpodcast.com/support
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yogaisdeadpodcast
Podcast Instagram: @yogaisdeadpodcast
Jesal's Instagram: @yogwalla
Tejal's Instagram: @tejalyoga
Podcast Twitter: @yogaisdeadpod

Yoga Fire workshops with Tim Seutter: https://www.gardenofyoga.com.au/workshops/yoga-fire-workshops/

Buy Accessible Yoga by Jivana Heyman:

Book Depository (free shipping): https://www.bookdepository.com/Accessible-Yoga/9781611807127
Waterstones (UK): https://www.waterstones.com/book/accessible-yoga/jivana-heyman/9781611807127
Amazon Australia: https://www.amazon.com.au/Accessible-Yoga-Poses-Practices-Every/dp/1611807123/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=accessible+yoga&qid=1571080722&s=books&sr=1-1

Highlights

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2:25 Winners of the Accessible Yoga competition
3:00 Yoga Fire workshops with Tim Seutter
3:58 How mispronouncing someone's name can have a negative impact.
7:19 Jesal’s background growing up in Massachusetts
8:35 Tejal’s background growing up in the suburbs in Michigan
11:34 Was Yoga a part of their upbringings?
17:38 What did their parents think of them leaving their stable jobs to teach yoga?
21:54 On making a living from teaching yoga
25:56 Do they see their strong branding as a form of activism?
29:29 How did the name come about - did it come up naturally or did they workshop it?
30:32 Support us on Patreon!
31:36 How has the podcast changed their lives?
33:56 Had Tejal been hosting the People of colour & Allies classes prior to hosting the podcast?
35:18 Have there been any particularly rewarding moments since starting the podcast?
36:49 Did Tejal and Jesal receive any pushback after the guru episode in particular?
38:22 Is Mark Singleton’s book Yoga Body and research a form of whitewashing?
44:01 What is the role of white people in issues of colonisation, cultural appropriation and other issues that pertain to people of colour?
46:31 Performative allyship.
49:40 What is their take on ig memes that say things like “If you become offended, you are not fully healed?”
52:48 Do Tejal and Jesal use humour to lighten the tension on topics that some people might find challenging?
55:59 Does Yoga is Dead have a conclusion or end goal?
57:10 What is the one core lesson that Tejal and Jesal would each like to share with the world?
59:30 Outro - Next week’s guest is Jose Goossens

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