Om Shanti: A Yoga Blog is excited to welcome a new guest blogger to the site, Aseem Giri. Over the coming weeks and months, Aseem will be sharing his thoughts on a wide range of topics related to the business of yoga, business as yoga, and other ways in which yoga and business intersect.
Yoga in America has undoubtedly become a very commercial enterprise. Some would say that the melding of yoga and commerce has corrupted yoga beyond recognition. Others believe that yoga and commerce are not necessarily at odds, and can in fact complement one another. The principles of yoga ethics, for instance, could help guide a business person to make decisions that create profits while respecting the environment, labor, and the community. One might even argue that yoga and business need to be more intertwined, not less.
Aseem is uniquely qualified to write about these various intersections of business and yoga. His contributions to the yoga community, and his efforts to create a more sustainable yoga mat, align business practices with yoga-inspired mindfulness. I’m looking forward to reading Assem’s articles on Om Shanti, and I’m confident readers of the blog will enjoy his insights as much as I do.