Impermanence in popular culture.
In Netflix’s newest original series, ‘Orange is the New Black,’ the character known as Yoga Jones provides a stereotype of the aging hippie. The series is set inside a federal women’s prison. Jones leads yoga classes for the women in the prison and sprinkles her conversations with wisdom from “the East.” She mixes references to Zen Buddhism with her own yoga practice. Like those of the boomer generation she represents, Jones mixes and matches from various religious resources generally labeled “Asian.” That Zen meditation and hatha yoga have no connection to one another outside of American culture matters little. As Yoga Jones says, “Everything is temporary,” a phrase as vaguely Asian as it is vaguely obvious.