I’ve only been a customer for a few months, but I already love you and come back to you constantly. Your classes keep me sane when work is too crazy and I can’t get to a yoga class in person. Your lectures help me delve further into my practice and deepen my understanding as a newbie yoga teacher. When I can’t sleep at night, I pull up David Wagner’s Back to Sleep meditation to help me rest. I don’t think I’ve ever heard the end of it because it always puts me to sleep.
Lately, you’ve been stressing me out a little more than helping me. It’s the patent issue.
For months, my friends and yoga teachers have been talking about this. For months I’ve defended the concept of the intellectual property patent created to protect a certain style of filming a yoga class. I get it. It would be like someone writing a short story exactly like my short story with the same characters and plot lines only with a slightly different twist. But when I defended you to my friends, I said that it was unlikely that the patent would mean current yoga videos would have to come down — ones that have already been filmed and are live on websites across the Web. “They are a yoga company,” I argued, “their goal can’t possibly be to cut out all the competition, just to protect their hard work and make sure blatant copycats don’t try to put them out of business.”
That was what I thought until I read this letter: http://yogainternational.com/article/view/open-letter-to-yogaglo. I am so disappointed. I love Yoga International just as much as I love you, YogaGlo. Please don’t make me choose. That’s like one friend asking me to stop hanging out with another — friends don’t make friends choose, especially when they are both wonderful and enriching.
I’m going to give you a little more time, YogaGlo. I’m not going to walk away just yet because I have faith that you’ll do the right thing. You represent yoga teachers and students. We are a community that grows together. When we make it a point to separate ourselves and try to demean or diminish our colleagues, we all suffer. Going after each other does not strengthen our community, it weakens us.
I am posting this letter to my blog and sharing it on a few social media sites and with my other Southern yogis. I hope that in time you will do the right thing and allow folks like Yoga International keep their videos up online for us all to use. I hope that you demonstrate the characteristics and qualities that yogis are supposed to live.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. You can find me at www.sweetolivewrites.com if you want to get in touch with me.
CYT and yoga practitioner since 1998