Am I Misappropriating Yoga?

The continued rise of Instagram-influenced yoga has led to a new wave of criticism among East-Indians and academics alike.

Accusations of cultural appropriation are being levied just as long-held myths are being debunked. Many earnest practitioners find themselves confused by the discord between what they see and read in the media and the experience they have of Yoga in their lives.

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J. Brown is a yoga teacher, writer, and founder of Abhyasa Yoga Center in Brooklyn, NY.  His writing has been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and across the yoga blogosphere. Visit his website at jbrownyoga.com

The Importance of Creative Nourishment

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I would argue that by nature we are all creative beings as we learn to sense and perceive this earthly life experience. We develop a sense of self that is highly unique to us. Out of these intrinsic peculiarities we align and gather with those of common human ground and lifestyle. But for centuries societies in the form of religions and, more recently, the behavior engineering systems of education and economies, have really mechanized our life routines and diminished our propensity for a daily nourishing creative life.

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Henry Cross grew up in sunny Miami, Florida. Upon graduating high school, he moved to the politicized Washington, D.C. and double majored in History and Politics at the Catholic University. He served as a social studies teacher in Prince George’s County Public School in 2008-2009. In the fall of 2009, he moved to New York City to continue and grow his work in education and service.

He joined Hosh Yoga in 2011 as a teacher and Program Director. And since 2013, he founded and expanded programming for the organization with Hosh Kids and Hosh Seniors. Henry's entrepreneurial spirit helped developed the organizational, program, and financial capacity of the nonprofit to deliver self-sustaining and self-supporting health and wellness services to over 3,000 children, adults, and seniors every month in a cost-effective and fairly-priced way. And from 2014 to 2016, he participated in a philanthropic role by expanding the programming, policy, and public advocacy efforts of the Sonima Foundation as Community Relations Director.

His work has been featured by the Huffington PostElephant JournalBlog Talk RadioThe NYC Social Innovation FestivalSocial Venture Institute, and multiple Brooklyn and Queens newspapers. He is an appointed New York City official of Community Board 5 in Queens, serves on a Department of Youth and Community Development Neighborhood Advisory Board, and on the board of directors of the Ridgewood Property Owners and Civic Association. And in 2015, Henry was selected as an etsy.org business fellow and awarded Top 40 Under 40 Nonprofit Rising Star. He finds joy in his community work service everyday and loves ballroom dancing!

Change Your Behavior One Day at a Time

It’s not easy running a marathon—if it were, we’d all be doing it.

Instead of demanding 100% consistency from yourself, remember Bonus #1 in our Top 10 Tips for Resolutions (Expect to Backslide).

It happens to everyone.

It is more helpful to renew your commitment to change just for today.

Confine any worrying or fretting about your goals to the next 24 hours.

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Andrew Mellen is an organizational expert, public speaker, and the #1 best-selling author of Unstuff Your Life!

Andrew has helped tens of thousands of people worldwide to declutter and simplify their lives while regaining time for the things that matter.

A sought-after authority on organizing and productivity, Andrew's addressed audiences from The Great British Business Show to TEDx. 

Corporate clients include American Express, Genentech, NetApp, Time, Inc., and the US Depts. of Education and Homeland Security.

The media has dubbed Andrew “The Most Organized Man in America.” He writes a featured column called “Ask The Organizer” in Real Simple. In addition, he has written for and/or appeared in: The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, America Now, The Lisa Oz Show, The Nate Berkus Show, Oprah & Friends, Martha Stewart Living Today, ABC, NBC, CBS, CW11, HGTV, DIY Network, LiveWell Network, KnowMoreTV, Better Homes & Gardens, Ladies' Home Journal, Woman's Day, Family Circle, USA Today, GQ, InStyle, All You, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Healthy UK, American Way, numerous trade and travel publications, and NPR.

He leads workshops and speaks internationally while maintaining a private practice working with clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies, trade associations, and non-profits to CEOs, award-winning filmmakers, and authors, as well as overwhelmed parents everywhere. 

In 2013, Andrew founded Unstuff U®, the world's first completely virtual personal organization training center, offering classes, workshops, and other online resources for businesses and individuals. 

Andrew is a member of the Experts Collective and serves on the faculty of the New York Open Center in New York City. He speaks frequently on the intersection of spirituality and organization at places including Omega Institute, San Francisco Zen Center, Tassajara, All Saints Church, JCC Manhattan, and the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, among others.

Previously, Andrew was an award-winning playwright, actor, producer, and director and the former Artistic Director of Alice B. Theater (Seattle), DC Arts Center (Washington, DC), and Shuttle Theater Company (New York). He is a contributing author to Yes Is the Answer: (And Other Prog-Rock Tales).

Andrew lives by his motto: More Love, Less Stuff!® 

Find him on the web at andrewmellen.com.

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woman's torso with yoga t shirt and holding her hands in meditative pose
07/13/2018
The continued rise of Instagram-influenced yoga has led to a new wave of criticism among East-Indians and academics alike. Accusations of cultural appropriation are being levied just as long-held... read more
Rainbow array of colored pencils pointed toward each other
12/18/2017
Daily Practice I would argue that by nature we are all creative beings as we learn to sense and perceive this earthly life experience. We develop a sense of self that is highly unique to us. Out... read more
colorful sunrise over clouds
07/13/2015
It’s not easy running a marathon—if it were, we’d all be doing it. Instead of demanding 100% consistency from yourself, remember Bonus #1 in our Top 10 Tips for Resolutions (Expect to... read more
woman's torso with yoga t shirt and holding her hands in meditative pose
07/13/2018
The continued rise of Instagram-influenced yoga has led to a new wave of criticism among East-Indians and academics alike. Accusations of cultural appropriation are being levied just as long-held... read more
Rainbow array of colored pencils pointed toward each other
12/18/2017
Daily Practice I would argue that by nature we are all creative beings as we learn to sense and perceive this earthly life experience. We develop a sense of self that is highly unique to us. Out... read more
colorful sunrise over clouds
07/13/2015
It’s not easy running a marathon—if it were, we’d all be doing it. Instead of demanding 100% consistency from yourself, remember Bonus #1 in our Top 10 Tips for Resolutions (Expect to... read more