Updated July 04, 2021 (Added some information about Pali and Sanskrit terms of address to inferiors ( अरे / Are!)
Updated June 18, 2021 (Added Rules of Address from Nāṭyaśāstra, and examples from Ṛgveda and Kṛṣṇayajurveda)
Susanna Barkataki appears to have a solid grip on the novel X+Yoga hybrid of “Woke Yoga.” How does someone claiming to honor yoga’s roots have such selective inclinations as to what these roots might be? It’s almost as if the collective healing process of decolonizing yoga is more a neo-colonial “pillow fluffing” attempt to claim control of the narrative. The real kicker is how often colonially-constructed narratives are re-installed as the decolonized history and development of yoga. It is difficult to appreciate how not paying attention to much, if not, most, of the contents of the “sacred texts of Hinduism” demonstrates honoring any roots and why attention to historiographical facts is a “colonial residue,” while a woke epistemology has little interest, since it’s philosophical perspective is anti-real, Or, instead, things are just made up.
I’m mostly fine with decolonizing stuff. I suppose the thing that concerns me is how it is being done and by whom. It would seem advantageous if the people who claim to have the status of indigenous knowledge keepers and traditional stewards knew more than they do about the complexities and dynamics of the cultures they claim to represent in their for-profit race grifting to apply critical race theory to yoga.
Yet, here is a case in point.
The video from Barkataki’s Youtube channel is an attempt to push back against the perceived transgression of cultural appropriation of the term ‘namaste.’ I felt compelled to leave a comment, though, later, it appears the the comment had been deleted and the ability to leave comments turned off. I suppose some white mansplaining of basic historical linguistic facts was one yoga mat too many…
Below is my original comment, which I’ve added some stuff to.