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Asteya Redux: A Grumpy Post

In a peculiar circumstance, we have the opportunity to revisit the concept of asteya that Alan Little introduced in our post about the Krishnmacharya and Iyengar videos on YouTube (non-stealing for those of you not fluent in Sanskrit).

It seems that Drishti’s June 2006 newsletter (89k PDF version here) features an article that is eerily similar to Philippe’s – ahem – original article that he thought of all by himself where he compares yoga styles using Google Trends. Remember that one? It was published on May 15, 2006.

grumpy.jpg

I hope Disney doesn’t
come after us!
(from FreilingerFamily
via Flickr)

I don’t mind others copying and altering our ideas, but it would be nice to be credited for coming up with the ideas, and that is not the case in this newsletter. I have to say, I am a little irritated. Ashtanga is primarily about being a kinder person and developing greater magnanimity, and that’s obviously my challenge even as I write this post.

Perhaps we need to move our Creative Commons license a little higher on the page?

Some of the unfortunate details:

  • Philippe compares yoga, pilates, meditation and stretching, while Drishti compares yoga, pilates, aerobics and exercise.
  • Philippe compares Ashtanga, Bikram, Iyengar, vinyasa and Anusara, while Drishti compares Ashtanga, Bikram, Iyengar, Anusara and Kundalini.
  • Philippe compares yoga to Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Angelina and Beatles, while Drishti does not compare any style of yoga to any celebrities. Where’s their sense of humor? :)

Drishti draws surprisingly similar conclusions – specifically the New Year’s effect and the appearance of Anusara in 2005. Ahem.

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I suspect people are actually searching on Grumpy, the dwarf.

I do feel compelled to mention that for those of you who like YogaBeans! (our May 1 post is here), Drishti’s June newsletter does contain a little bio of its creator, Elastigirl, which you can read in the PDF linked above.

So to continue the storm in the teacup, am I right in thinking this may be an incident of “asteya”? If not, how would you characterize it?