Slo Mo: A Podcast with Mo Gawdat

Slo Mo X That Little Voice In Your Head - Nadia Gilani on How to Confront the Colonization of Yoga

June 11, 2022 Mo Gawdat and Nadia Gilani Episode 197
Slo Mo: A Podcast with Mo Gawdat
Slo Mo X That Little Voice In Your Head - Nadia Gilani on How to Confront the Colonization of Yoga
Show Notes

Today's episode is part of a mini-series of interviews done in the context of the topics of my new book, That Little Voice in Your Head, available now: mogawdat.com/littlevoice

I speak with Nadia Gilani, a writer, yoga teacher, and in my designation, a yoga activist. Nadia has noticed not only yoga's rising popularity, but also how its modern incarnation no longer serves people of color, working class people, or many other groups who originally pioneered its creation. The Yoga Manifesto is her first book. Combining her own memories of how the practice has helped her with an account of its history and transformation in the modern west, she creates a love letter to yoga and a passionate critique of the billion-dollar industry whose cost and inaccessibility has shut out many of those it should be helping.

Listen as we discuss:

  • My personal experiences with yoga (not great).
  • Nadia's new book The Yoga Manifesto and why it's not [only] an angry book.
  • Nonviolence is an action.
  • What yoga truly is and how it applies to modern life.
  • Even the prophets wandered and asked questions about their faith.
  • The eight limbs of yoga and what it means to be a yogi.
  • What is samadhi (enlightenment)?
  • The dark side of modern yoga and why I call Nadia a yoga activist.
  • The effects of yoga on the little voice in your head.
  • What is happiness for Nadia?

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Connect with Nadia Gilani on Instagram @theyogadissident and her website, nadiagilani.co.uk

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