Raw, adjective: 5. crude in quality or character; not tempered or refined by art or taste: raw humor

Crazy about this new site. You should really wander over and check it out.

RecoveringYogi.com calls itself "a refuge for the spiritually disenfranchised," which means, in fancier words, a place where people somewhat burned by yoga can say it like it is. Calling out the hypocrisy in the yoga scene, punching holes in loosey-goosey New Age malarkey, and speaking truth to the fact that yes, in spite of how we all aspire to this gorgeous radiant love-filled light-bearing yogic existence, the yoga world is in fact as full of ego, doublespeak and propaganda as is the "real" world.

I love the frankness, the irreverence, the scandalous truths - in spite of, or perhaps because of, the fact that I am so very much entrenched in this scene. Believe it or not, there's a name for this kind of thing in the ancient yoga sutras; it's called svadhyaya, or self-study. Self-awareness. Breaking it down, cutting the crap, getting rid of what no longer serves us (to use an oft-maligned vaguely New Agey yoga phrase). We take ourselves far too seriously so much of the time. What a great opportunity to see ourselves as we are, warts and all, mucking around in the realness, the no-bullshit lingo, the propensity for swearing.

Check it out. I expect big things. And namaste, mother%$#ckers.


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