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Wolf Terry: The Yoga and Wellness Worlds are Sick

Wolf Terry joins Laura Tucker for a conversation about her controversial Yoga Journal article “Getting Vaxxed Was My Act of Ahimsa.”

Wolf Terry is a contributing writer for Yoga Journal. She left teaching yoga at the beginning of the pandemic after years of working at every level of the $88 billion industry in order to become a full-time writer.

In 2018 Wolf lost her younger brother and best friend to suicide, mere months after her child was born. Since then she has been an advocate for mental health, as well as an outspoken activist on crucial social justice issues.

Wolf recently came under fire in the Yoga and Wellness community for her Yoga Journal article “Getting Vaxxed Was My Act of Ahimsa” in which she calls out the yoga community for abandoning its ethics.

Host Laura Tucker is a survivor of the 2009 fatal sweat lodge at a spiritual and self help retreat in Sedona, Arizona. She and Wolf discuss their common concerns for the yoga, wellness, spiritual and self help industries including:

  • what Ahimsa means
  • ethical concerns when profit comes before people
  • spiritual bypassing
  • toxic woo culture in westernized yoga and spirituality
  • indoctrination and cult dynamics in wellness communities
  • the influence of the racist and misogynist ideology of the QAnon and Pastel Q influencers on vaccination rates and the spread of misinformation and disinformation across the internet

Mentioned in this episode

Wolf Terry’s Yoga Journal article – Getting Vaxxed Was My Act of Ahimsa

Yoga Journal’s teaser post on Instagram

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