Author Archives: Tracey Duncan

In Defense of “Smart People”

Oh, hey. I know it’s been a while since I reached out, but let me explain. It’s not that I didn’t want to communicate with you, it’s just that I wasn’t sure what to say. See, I started YFSP to be a forum for the intellectually inclined yoga folk out there. It wasn’t meant to be […]

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Domestic Abuse and Everyday Self-Realization (or YFSP Reads Yoga PhD, Part 2)

   It’s ironic that a practice originally dedicated to transcending the self has become a prime vehicle of everyday self-realization. It’s also true, however, that there are ways in which these two projects, while substantively antithetical, share parallel ambitions for transformation and produce experiences with a profound, if distant, resonance. (Yoga PhD, p. 96) *Trigger […]

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Sacred vs. Profane: The Smackdown! (Or YFSP Reads Yoga PhD, Part One)

Leaving certain fundamental questions asked but unanswered creates a space of openness and mystery that’s much more valuable than any box that absolutist directives and determinations might provide. (Yoga PhD, p. 32) Allright, y’all. Here we go. I’m an online book club virgin, so let’s take it a little slow. I wanted to kick off […]

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Gotta Getta Guru

I saw an ad today on craigslist looking for a “marketing guru.” In fact, if you search jobs on craigslist new orleans, you will find a bunch of ads looking for gurus. If you search the whole internet for gurus, you will find everything from stock brokers to bicycle companies. Guru is a word we […]

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Cult of Personality/Celebrity Yoga Culture

Later today we will commence the not so long-awaited first theme here at YFSP: Cult of Personality/Celebrity Yoga Culture. Tracey will kick things off around 6pm CST with her piece, Gotta Getta Guru™. Until then, enjoy this musical prelude: Guru’s Jazzmatazz, Volume 1.

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YFSP Reads Yoga Ph.D

Bored of reading in a vacuum? Have a shelf full of yoga books and no one to talk to? We’re not saying you don’t have enough smart yoga friends, we’re just saying that it’s hard to get them organized to think about the same thing at the same time. So, we’re gonna do some of […]

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Meet the Smart People

Yoga for Smart People is thrilled to present our team of collaborators. Among us you will find yogis of all stripes: academics, recovering academics, journalists, poets, yoga teachers, computer programmers, punk rockers, Ayurvedic practitioners, gardeners of the soil and soul, and moms. We are excited to embark on this psycho-spiritual journey with the benefit of […]

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Collaborate with Yoga for Smart People!

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Yoga for Smart People was created because dumbed down, corporately-sponsored crap dominates the search engines. Most yogis could care less about trying to achieve a “yoga booty in 60 days or less!” but you’d never know it by most of the advertainment that passes for yoga journalism. We can do better. Yoga for Smart People […]

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