Krystal Tini has come under the spotlight for spreading conspiracies too. Initially her Instagram account – with more than 150,000 followers – posted extensively on yoga and personal health, but more recently her feed has been filled with video rants about the coronavirus and vaccines.
In one video, which has also been deleted, Krystal suggests that Covid vaccines “alter your DNA” and have “bypassed any kind of safety standards and testing”. Claims about alleged DNA alteration have been widely debunked by scientists, and Covid vaccines have gone through rigorous safety approvals, with tests on tens of thousands of people around the world. Neither influencer has responded to requests for comment by the BBC .
To combat any potential threats in future, Seane Corn believes every yoga teacher must take a stand. “I think there’s a lot of really excellent teachers out there who don’t believe in this, but they’re like ‘Let’s just teach downward dog and everyone will figure it out on their own,” says Ms Corn. “Hopefully there’ll be some truth to that, but there does need to be teachers who are willing to speak to it because there is exploitation happening.”