BBC: Does yoga have a conspiracy theory problem?

20 February 2021
Noise: to be continued

Throughout her career as a yoga teacher, Seane Corn has been used to hearing students and colleagues rail against mainstream medicine. She even shares some of their concerns.

But when the coronavirus pandemic began in 2020, Seane noticed a change.

“I started to get text messages and emails inviting me to speak on panels or listen to leaders talking about anti-vaccination – but within that, there was this rhetoric about Covid being a hoax,” she told the BBC.

“They would then start to send me information about Big Pharma, which then led into information related to Bill Gates, then to sex trafficking,” says Ms Corn. “I also saw a different language being used amongst my peers: ‘The Great Awakening’, ‘The Storm’, ‘Where We Go One, We Go All’.”

yoga also shares three core beliefs which are key to any conspiracy theory: everything is connected, nothing happens without a reason, and nothing is as it appears.

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