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by J. Brown Yoga teachers don't really make a living off teaching yoga classes anymore. Many rely upon conducting yoga teacher training. But contrary to popular belief, this trend may have less to do with the business or marketing inclinations of yoga teachers and more to do with the purchasing and study habits of the [...]

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Yogis practicing at the Bobrovy Log resort in Russia. | image credit: Reuters/Ilya Naymushin

While we were savasaning, Russian officials went ahead and changed their minds and reversed the yoga ban. Just like that. Maybe they were just kidding about yoga being “inextricably linked to religious practices” and that it could “spread new religious cults.” Maybe they bowed to pressures from the public who thought their fears were unfounded and ridiculous. [...]

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cat-interrupting-yoga

We don't want to say too much about this video besides it's hilarious and you have to watch it. Also...this is further proof cats remain the dominant supreme beings (at least on the Internets). THIS is the face of nonchalant cat-tentment. window.fbAsyncInit = function() { FB.init({ xfbml : true, version : 'v2.3' }); }; (function(d, [...]

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A police officer stands in front of paintings by Russian artist Georgy Litichevsky entited "Police Practice Yoga", exhibited during a Labour Day rally by the Solidarity opposition movement in Moscow May 1, 2009. image credit: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Ugh. The inalienable right to practice yoga is not felt internationally, apparently. Russian officials have hopped on the anti-yoga train claiming the practice is "inextricably" linked to religion (aka Hinduism) and could “spread new religious cults and movements.” Via Time: According to the Moscow Times, which cited a report in the Russian Kommersant daily, the owners of two of the [...]

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yogi-beans-namaste

Hanging out with the family this Fourth? Here are some fun Kids Yoga poses to spark up the summer holiday, from the team at Yogi Beans. This weekend, all around the USA, children and families will get together to celebrate the Fourth of July. We celebrate our independence, and the freedom that it grants us. As [...]

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hys-diversity-training-group

Diversity has been a hot topic in yoga as of late. Diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility. Three biggies that help form the foundation for the increasingly ubiquitous and benevolent mantra "yoga is for everybody." But, good intentions aside, are yoga teachers saying the wrong things to make students feel otherwise? Short answer: yep, probably. But they [...]

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sara-adjustments

by Sara Kleinsmith To touch, or not to touch? This is one of the dilemmas we experience as yoga teachers. In yoga, adjustments can be a matter of personal preference. Recently, I've had many discussions with teachers about adjustments and their opinions regarding the subject. If you are unaware of what an adjustment is, it's [...]

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Transcendental Meditation (TM) is taught in 2,000 schools in Latin America, here in Peru, through the David Lynch Foundation, the program is called "A Consciousness-Based Education". | image credit: Jdontfight/wikicommons

by Ann Purcell In my upbringing, there was never any discussion about enlightenment, period. I had never heard of enlightenment as a possibility in any church service, or any educational program. Even in India the concept of enlightenment is reserved for the rare few recluse who wish to live in a cave and give up [...]

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lululemon-hazardouss-hoodie

From the files of faulty yoga clothing comes the new threat of the great hoodie string caper. In all seriousness, there's been another Lululemon recall, this time for over 300,000 tops with draw strings that have become face-attacking weapons. Slate reports: Lululemon is recalling 318,000 women’s tops in the United States and Canada that the [...]

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zen-dog-7

We usually dislike headlines such as the one we just wrote, but in this case, it may actually be true. And we're not in any position to deny you the joyful experience of dogs captured looking euphorically zen, are we? For this photo series, professional pet and wildlife photographer Alex Cearns spent hours with these beautiful [...]

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YAM Group Work at Simply Yoga--2

by Timothy McCall, MD Years ago, a famous professor of medicine announced to his graduating class that half of what he had taught them was wrong, but that he didn't know which half. Much of what we learn in yoga has been passed down from a line of teachers, and from ancient yoga texts. And [...]

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yogaday-narendramodi

Here it is...it happened. The very first International Yoga Day. While the world participated in the official day of global yoga celebrations (or in some cases organized protests) we have to wonder, dear readers, if/what/how did you celebrate? International Yoga Day was June 21, which was also the Summer Solstice so you might have already [...]

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Mostly, yoga is bullshit.

This is breaking my heart.

One of my teachers says I should allow my heart to break. Another shrugs when I say I’m about ready to leave the path and start working retail. Leaving the path may be the path, he says. Neither of these feel helpful.

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bks-iyengar-last-practice

This photo series captures the final images of BKS Iyengar's practice before he passed in August last year at age 95. It's a captivating peek into his daily practice, which he famously kept up into his 90s. Guruji, as he is fondly referred to, was known for overcoming disease at a young age, suffering from [...]

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