A Yoga teacher named Guru Jagat held in-person maskless Yoga classes in defiance of local stay-at-home orders, practices NPR cites as proof that she lost her mind. The author of the NPR article makes a series of unfounded claims about Yoga. In doing so, the author finds herself entangled in disinformation and reductionist arguments against Yoga and Hinduism.
Avatans Kumar is a linguist from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a recipient of the San Francisco Press Club’s Journalistic Excellence Award.