Episode: 10

Yoga is dead with Jesal & Tejal

Welcome to Episode 10 of Let’s Talk Yoga!

Join our today’s fun episode with Tejal and Jesal from the Yoga is Dead Podcast as we go back to their podcast's first episodes, their experience recording them, and the feedback (or even pushback) they’ve received. We also chat about a whole range of topics from yoga teachers giving free lessons and students choosing yoga teachers & what they need to keep in mind. So whether you’re a student or a yoga teacher, or even if you’re just someone looking for a fun show to listen to, this episode is for you.

Jesal (she/her/hers) is a yoga teacher, movement educator, podcaster, author, and disrupter working on creative solutions for equity in yoga. She is also 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.

Tejal (she/her/hers) is a first-generation Indian American yoga teacher, social justice educator, podcaster, and community organizer. She is the creator of the abcdyogi village, where South Asian teachers reclaim the yoga and mindfulness space. She aims to educate and empower individuals and communities around the world through her social justice yoga focused offerings.

Yoga is Dead Podcast is a show created to talk about experiences with yoga in America versus yoga in India. It is a show to jumpstart critical conversations, elevate oppressed voices and perspectives, and to expose the problems felt by anyone who isn’t in the “in” crowd of the yoga industry.

Episode Highlights:

  • Tejal and Jesal talks about the birth of Yoga is Dead Podcast
  • Their favorite episode and their most challenging episode
  • Dealing with hate mail
  • Should yoga teachers teach for free?
  • The impact of online teacher training to yoga
  • How to pick your yoga teacher
  • Season 2 of Yoga is Dead podcast
  • Tejal and Jesal play Rapid Fire questions

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Featured Guests

Jesal Parikh

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.


Tejal Patel

Tejal (she/her/hers) is a first-generation Indian American yoga teacher, social justice educator, podcaster, and community organizer. She is one of the co-hosts of the Yoga is Dead podcast and the creator of the abcdyogi village, where South Asian teachers reclaim the yoga and mindfulness space. She aims to educate and empower individuals and communities around the world through her social justice yoga focused offerings.


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