Nietzsche’s Superman and Yoga Pt. 1: Building a Super Yogi

By Ian Cattanach | December 9, 2020

A clear bridge exists between Nietzsche’s German superman and yoga’s progressive Indian philosophy. For over a decade now, I’ve felt a synergy between Nietzsche’s action-orientated extroverted philosophy and yoga’s action-orientated introverted philosophy. When combined, yoga’s love fills Nietzsche’s harshness, and yoga’s inaction can find energy in Nietzsche’s insane willpower. Will Durant writes in “Story of … Read more

Instagram Bots Can Save Yoga

By Ian Cattanach | December 7, 2020

Standing as a hierarchical force against the evolution of yoga, the gatekeeping yogalebrities of Instagram’s power is set in STONE. Fighting and removing follow bots on Instagram’s part increased this power, by making it near impossible for any grassroots yogis to perform vertical mobility with their message on Instagram. Two options remain for revolutionary yogis, … Read more

LSD and Yoga: Complete Guide

By Ian Cattanach | December 6, 2020

LSD and yoga. Yoga and acid. Morning coffee and yoga. Some things just go together… Existing in obscurity or weird social pockets, the yoga community’s relationship with LSD remains troubled, as psychedelics are one of the most misused personal development tools in existence. Mirroring the 1960’s, one group in yoga engages in polemic attacks on … Read more

A Yogi’s Creed

By Ian Cattanach | December 6, 2020

“He is problematic, misogynistic and militant” “- A yoga blogger on Edward Abbey Today’s post is a creed for all my independent yogis out there, based off an essay by Edward Abbey titled “A Writer’s Credo.” You’re the linchpin for the evolution of the yoga community. The unique content you can offer, can make the … Read more

Yoga’s Fake Global Awakening

By Ian Cattanach | October 22, 2020

Have you heard or talked about the global awakening occurring right now? Standing on the shoulders of new-(c)age thought, influential members of the yoga community for the last decade have started to push the idea of the “mass awakening.” The individuals pushing this aren’t interested in a “mass awakening”. They are using evolution as a … Read more

The Malignant Destiny of the Guru

By Ian Cattanach | August 18, 2020

The Destiny of the Guru   Stagnation and devolution are the Malignant Destiny of the Guru. Forever a warden of information for personal gain, the guru mentality remains guilty for perpetuating the caste system, restricting non-initiates or westerners from information, countless sexual assault scandals, addictions, deaths, and worst of all setting the axiomatic base for … Read more

Invisible Yogis – Conscious Yoga Podcast Episode 7

By Ian Cattanach | August 7, 2020

  Baudrillard observes that “representation tries to absorb simulation by interpreting it as false representation” and that “simulation envelops the whole edifice of representation as itself a simulacrum.” He outlines four “successive phases of the image.” The first is the “reflection of a basic reality,” the second “masks and perverts a basic reality,” the third, … Read more

Guru Free Series Introduction: From Darkness to Freedom

By Ian Cattanach | June 12, 2020

Do you need a guru? Why do we glorify yoga teachers and spiritual leaders? Why do major sexual assault scandals and criminal acts within the yoga world break every few months now? On a smaller scale, everyday yoga studios, teacher trainings, and yoga-based communes/communities suffer from wrongdoing, which stems from yoga’s fractured relationship with hierarchy. … Read more

2020 Vision and Focus of Savvy Zen

By Ian Cattanach | May 11, 2020

For the year of 2020, I have chosen to make Savvy Zen’s primary focus around creativity. The exact focus word is “Creative Genius.” Yoga has enough Instagram fluff, people circle jerking around their gurus, basic asana breakdowns, and the same re-hashing of the same old stuff. Savvy Zen will provide the opposition to the yoga … Read more

Conscious Yoga Podcast Ep 6: Intro to Capitalism and Yoga

By Ian Cattanach | October 6, 2019   In episode 6, Ian Cattanach performs a postmodern critique of Yoga’s relationship to capitalism. Utilizing the philosophies of Hegel, Baudrillard, Mulvey, and Lacan, this episode focuses on the creation of needs by corporations/influencers in yoga. These needs drive symbolic exchange and corrupt our relationship between image and self-image. In this separation and alienation … Read more