A popular yoga instructor and influencer courted controversy on Twitter by saying that she was considering no longer seeing vaccinated clients because their energy is off somehow, and before long was repeating old conspiracy theories and falsehoods around COVID-19 and the vaccine.
Godis Oyá, a practitioner of Kundalini yoga, has since deleted the tweet in question, but not before getting the screenshot treatment and fielding a whole lot of criticism.
“Highly re-considering sharing healing space with vax*ed clients,” wrote Oyá. “It’s just a different energy and energetic imprint carried, in which eye do not wish to take on at this time, or ever.”
We don’t know what an “energetic imprint” is, but many of Oyá’s followers chimed in quickly to agree with her assessment about vaccinated people and their alleged energies, with one claiming there’s “less light” in our eyes.
They also immediately dismissed anyone pushing back on these new-age anti-vaxxer sentiments by claiming that this pushing back was actually evidence that they were right about us.
What they don’t seem to understand is that most of the people currently mocking this idea of vaccinated vs. unvaccinated energies probably do not want to be in Oyá’s now anyway, because it’s likely contaminated with coronavirus, and therefore cannot possibly feel “entitled” to her space. It is unfortunate, however, for the fans and yoga practitioners who are already vaccinated or will be required to get there for work and who are being dismissed by unvaccinated purists as greedy and selfish for expressing disappointment and sadness.
One particularly interesting individual tried to claim that there was something “interesting” about the fact that many of the yogi’s fans said they would be “sad” to be excluded from her spaces.
“Ok and?” replied another Twitter user. “We can feel human emotions now?”
“That’s not natural,” claimed the emotion understander. “Understand boundaries. Stop acting entitled you’ve already made your decision.”
For the record, feeling sad is not violating anyone’s boundaries. Violating Oyá’s boundaries would be going to one of her in-person yoga classes while vaccinated when she said not to. But again, few people would likely risk getting COVID-19 just for that.
Oyá went on to claim that vaccinated people are experiencing the “shedding of antibodies,” that conspiracy theory that emerged when the vaccine started rolling out that was thoroughly debunked by the basic science of vaccines. Also something about “spirit temperament,” and she used the body’s natural reaction to the vaccine as it prepares its immune system for the virus against her vaccinated clients by calling it a reason to avoid them forever.
Anti-vaxxer conspiracy theories have leaked into many online wellness spaces, mixing easily with the fear of “chemicals” or anything people associate with being “unnatural,” not realizing that chemicals make up every fruit and vegetable they eat.
The result has been people saying things like vaccines “lower vibrations to keep people at the 3D instead of ascending for what’s to come” and others mocking the people who say those things.