Yoga Philosophy

Bad Apples on the Yoga Tree

I don’t feel the need to defend yoga when a criminal in the news is a yoga teacher. Anymore then I feel the need to defend women when the person is a woman or defend North Carolinian’s when the person is from North Carolina. There are bad apples in every bunch. It is not an issue of yoga, it is an issue of people. Yoga is not the problem. The person practicing the yoga is the problem.



Shanna Small has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga and studying the Yoga Sutras since 2001. She has studied in Mysore with Sharath Jois and is the Director of AYS Charlotte, a school for traditional Ashtanga in Charlotte NC. She has written for Yoga International and the Ashtanga Dispatch. Go here for more information on AYS Charlotte. For information on workshops, please e-mail

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