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{video} Social Media Backlash Sparked By Rooftop Yogi


September 26, 2014 at 12:26 pm

Too risky!

September 26, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Not only is it risky, but this kind of showing off is exactly what yoga is NOT about.

September 26, 2014 at 1:33 pm

In traditional India it is believed master yogis can and will demonstrate balancing on top of a flagpole. This is to show people what happens when you detach from your mind and thoughts.
Unless you are half snake and half man I’m pretty sure it’s not for us to say what is or isn’t yoga.
I don’t think my opinion matters. However I’ve been reading comments where yoga teachers call her a “stupid idiot” I think the lesson here is to not judge or have an emotional reaction to this.
I don’t know her intention for this, so I can’t say if it is or isn’t yoga. Just makes me sad to see yogis saying such negative things. I’m pretty sure that is defiantly not yoga.

September 26, 2014 at 1:38 pm

I think it’s great.

September 26, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Love it, April – thanks for your thoughts!

September 26, 2014 at 2:51 pm

She has conquered her fears and trusts herself enough to listen to her body completely. This is absolutely inspiring!

Lindsy B
September 26, 2014 at 7:20 pm

Well said!

September 28, 2014 at 11:53 am

Thank You, I posted this vid on my other page Asana Yoga with April with more of my thoughts. I had such an emotional reaction to all the negative feed back. I feel like there is so much judgement in western yoga…ie about people not doing yoga for what they think is the right reasons, what is yoga, what is not yoga. Yoga Journal has become under fire in a big way and other brand etc. I don’t care why you came to your mat, I’m just glad you got there. And If you can do scorpion on a small rock high up and you what to post it awesome. Who cares why and how and what it means.Can I just get one big Om followed by a wicked happy Jaa!!!

September 29, 2014 at 9:46 pm

There is nothing motivating about someone putting their life at risk in the name of ‘inspiration.’ The only concept this video is categorized under is the need for attention and the careless use of social media to promote yourself in a dangerous manner. Judging by her web page, all this exposure (and hopefully a couple of resulting endorsements) is EXACTLY what she is looking for. So there ya go. As someone who has worked in emergency rooms for years, I can assure you that there is a grey area between ‘gutsy’ and ‘haphazardness .’ I’ll give you three guesses where I think this stunt could fall. No pun intended.

September 29, 2014 at 9:52 pm

Not impressed at all with this stunt. There is nothing yogic about it.

September 29, 2014 at 10:43 pm

I like it, no different than working with tigers or crocodiles, jumping out of airplanes…… besides, it probably looks much scarier from this angle. : )

September 29, 2014 at 11:12 pm

Really serves no purpose.

September 30, 2014 at 12:42 am

Yoga or Not,… just plain DUMB…

September 30, 2014 at 1:24 pm

Wonder how many will injure or kill themselves trying to do some stupid crap like her. Careless and thoughtless.

October 2, 2014 at 4:09 pm

April, I think your comment is the best one here, by far. While thousands of Instagram yoga pictures these days are controversy, it is no one’s place to call anyone stupid or ignorant, even if her intentions were to show off. These pictures are a test: are you yogi-cally willing to stifle your opinions and envy (and it’s almost always envy, let’s not lie) and remain objective? These comments certainly paint a different picture. While it may be dangerous, it is really none of our business. We each have our own practice and definition of yoga; let’s try not to cram that idea down anyone’s throat, because once we do, we’re just as bad.

October 11, 2014 at 1:21 am

Strong, mindful, discipline, scary, living!!!

October 11, 2014 at 1:49 am

I saw the video and thought nothing of it…now I’m thinking because of the negative surrounding it…but really?…it’s her choice…that’s all I feel

October 12, 2014 at 9:36 am

It just begs the question does this sort of thing really add to a yoga practice? Yes it is a beautiful shape in a risky setting, but is it yoga?

October 12, 2014 at 10:57 am

I’m inspired! Mind over matter. Yoga is a personal journey. I’m a firm believer in the ability of others to modify their yoga practice to suit their wants and needs. No need for Yoga Police.

October 12, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Haters gonna hate

October 16, 2014 at 4:30 pm

We all make choices.

October 16, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Is he above the law ?

October 16, 2014 at 8:13 pm

If her intention was only to conquer a fear, why video and post on social media?

October 17, 2014 at 10:30 pm

A Beautiful display of what yoga can do for your mind and body. Amazing. Yoga is personal and should foster non-judgment.

October 22, 2014 at 3:14 am

It’s funny how the critizing yogis have judgement.Thats not yoga like at all.

October 22, 2014 at 2:13 pm

Serious Headspace. Respect.

October 29, 2014 at 9:43 pm

I’m pretty sure it’s also not very “yogic” to judge and attach emotions to another person’s actions. Yoga is whatever each individual wants it to be. Another person’s journey is not for us to understand, whether she posts it on social media or keeps it private. Does anyone know the “model”? Have they talked to her big ego about how she’s obviously posting this to show off and make the world feel like kaka?! My guess is probably not. If you’re feeling threatened by her post, then what is she reflecting back to you? Something inside of yourself that needs some growth maybe?

October 31, 2014 at 8:34 am

Laura Doiron Ohmyword!!

November 1, 2014 at 11:12 am

So what!

November 2, 2014 at 5:03 pm

I love it! Do you Yogi

November 2, 2014 at 5:04 pm


November 5, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Oscar Vasquez Jr. This gave me jelly legs just watching it

November 5, 2014 at 2:13 pm

Them abs

November 6, 2014 at 2:52 pm

And judging people is yogic? Let her live her life. Focus on your own practice.

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