Conscious Yoga Podcast Ep 6: Intro to Capitalism and Yoga

 

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 from reality, dialects form which lead to the desire to purchase and buy from corporations and influencers. Time stamps and quotes below! The true definition of yoga is the creation and flow of energy. Peace!

30: Start of podcast – Explanation of the break and improvement in content –

1:40 Baudrillard quote

“The media represents a world that is more real than the reality that we can experience. People lose the ability to distinguish between reality and fantasy. They also begin to engage with the fantasy without realizing what it really is. They seek happiness and fulfillment through the simulacra of reality, e.g. media and avoid contact/interaction with the real world’ – Jean Baudrillard

2:15 Preview of the show –

2:45 Defining malignant capitalism and discussing capitalism VS socialism –

4:30 The creation of “needs” in yoga

5:30 What do you need to do yoga?

6:55 Symbolic exchange and yoga

7:41 Adbusters quote

8:30 Simulacra talk lol

9:10 Guru narrative and Capitalism

11:05 Alienation as a driver of capitalism

11:35 Lacan and Gaze discussion

13:40 Mulvey quote

“There are three different looks associated with cinema: that of the camera as it records the pro-filmic event, that of the audience as it watches the final product, and that of the characters at each other within the screen illusion. The conventions of narrative film deny the first two and subordinate them to the third, the conscious aim being always to eliminate intrusive camera presence and prevent distancing awareness in the audience. Without these two absences, (the material existence of the recording process, the critical reading of the spectator,) fictional drama cannot achieve reality, obviousness and truth.” (Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema – Laura Mulvey –

16:00 Our desire for authentic idols in yoga – Our narrative desire has dwindled down to wanting reality – We seek reality, but that reality is fake – A movement away from myths and toward acted situation on Instagram

17:45 Baudrillard quote… again haha
“The futility of everything that comes to us from the media is the inescapable consequence of the absolute inability of that particular stage to remain silent. Music, commercial breaks, new flashes, adverts, new broadcasts, movies, presenters – there is no alternative but to fill the screen; otherwise there would be an irremediable void… That’s why the slightest technical hitch, the slightest slip on the part of the presenter becomes so exciting, for it reveals the depth of the emptiness squinting out at us through this little window.” – Jean Baudrillard

19:30 Talking about image and self-image regarding the body in yoga – Hyper-specialization
21:00 Being authentic is the best solution for success in yoga

21:00 Hegel and the dialectic of the body… HA!

Thanks for watching!!!20:30 Talking about image and self-image regarding the body in yoga – Hyper-specialization
21:00 Being authentic is the best solution for success in yoga
23:00 Hegel and the dialectic of the body… HA!
Thanks for watching!!!

About Ian Cattanach

Growth through yoga, nature, spirituality, writing and reading has been the central focus of my life for many years. I am based out of Las Vegas, and for the last three years teach yoga to classes, individuals and online audiences. I write novels, poems, and non-fiction books that explore and experiment with spiritual ideas. I love to ski, attend university, play with my dog Jaxon and spend time in nature.