Welcome to Episode 7 of Let’s Talk Yoga!
Today’s episode is an informative, spontaneous discussion with Jesal Parikh from the Yoga is Dead Podcast. We chat about ways in which yoga teachers can appreciate yoga more & do better. We also have a serious discussion about what's at stake and where the yoga industry is headed in the future. Jesal gives us some tips on how to do better as yoga teachers, especially after you’ve been properly educated. If you’re a yoga teacher or aspiring to be one, this episode is a really valuable listen.
Jesal’s first exposure to yoga as a kid was in Hindu camp where she experienced yoga as a practice and not as a culture. She found herself not resonating but she did yoga again when she worked at corporate jobs. Since then, she kept coming back. She had a lot of one-on-one classes before the pandemic hit but eventually gave them up as she moved from New York City to the suburbs. She now teaches online.
She co-created the Yoga is Dead podcast with Tejal Patel. She also serves as Co-Director of Yoga Teachers of Color, a grassroots movement that celebrates diversity in yoga and advocates for inclusivity, equity, and representation in wellness.
She is an industry leader, disruptor and a champion when it comes to fighting cultural appropriation of yoga.
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Jesal (she/her/hers) is a yoga teacher, movement educator, podcaster, author, and disrupter working on creative solutions for equity in yoga. She is one of the co-hosts of the Yoga is Dead podcast and is the Co-Director of Yoga Teachers of Color. Jesal's mission is to uplift those of us who are feeling isolated and marginalized by the yoga industry.