The Conspirituality Report

The Yoga/Wellness World Can Help Calm the QAnon Fever It Helped Spread

Opinion: Regulation and licensing are pro-social tools

Matthew Remski
8 min readJun 15, 2021


We’re now thirteen months into the Conspirituality Podcast project, and my co-hosts and I have done several dozen interviews with journalists and podcasters about the landscape of “converging right-wing conspiracy theories and faux-progressive wellness utopianism.”

Most interviews explore the basic themes:

All of this takes about an hour to unpack. But at the 45-minute mark, the good journalist will bend towards the most important questions:

Where do we go from here? How can people interested in yoga and wellness protect themselves from insane fever dreams?

I can always feel these questions coming, and I dread them, because there are no simple answers. But as I rambled my way through some guesses during the last interview I did, something began to take shape:

If there is hope for the yoga and wellness worlds being able to develop stronger defences against conspiracism, disinformation, and disaster spirituality, it may lie in those sectors that are doing good-faith work to engage with evidence-based medicine and scholarship, moving towards regulation and legitimacy that will allow them to integrate with public health.

There will always be arguments about whether practices like Naturopathic Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, and…



Matthew Remski

Investigative journo: conspirituality & cults. Co-host at Bylines: GEN, The Walrus. More @