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This is Part 2 of a 3-part series on Power, Privilege and Responsibility in Yoga. Read Part 1 here. by Kerri Kauer  Privilege is complex. Because while I have white privilege, I do not have heterosexual privilege. Many images of yogis in popular press, and in advertisements often reflect soft pornography that serves to (hetero)sexualize [...]

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but we'd like to extend that this year to include Breast Care Awareness as well. Yoga for Breast Care is Bobby Clennell's latest book, a wonderful and well-researched guide to overall breast health, and part of the Yoga Shorts series by Rodmell Press. Clennell is a Senior Iyengar teacher [...]

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lululemon-dalai-lama

The Dalai Lama aligning with yoga might not be too shocking, but teaming up with Lululemon? We're not making this up and it's not April. Lululemon and the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education are partnering to “promote mindfulness...to foster heart-mind wellbeing in children and youth.” Heart-mind well-being refers to "creating a balance between educating the mind and educating [...]

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yj-leadership-panel

This is Part 1 of a 3-part series on Power, Privilege and Responsibility in Yoga. by Kerrie Kauer A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to be part of a panel with some amazing scholars, activists, yoga teachers, and educators discussing issues of power and privilege in yoga. This was part of an ongoing [...]

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Photo credit: Jeffrey MacMillan/Capital Business

At least we didn't say circus, right? Right. An article from today's Washington Post sheds light on the increasingly gimmicky and bells and tassles and whistles and feathers-laden the yoga world has become - essentially a carnival. Without necessarily deciding if this is an inherently "good" or "bad" thing it's rather fascinating to observe what [...]

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ganja-yoga

Marijuana is getting more legal, but is smoking pot and yoga kosher? Formalities and legalities aside, the once stoner-scented trend of getting high before yoga class is now turning into a legit phenomenon. No longer a punch line, yogis are lining up for "enhanced" yoga classes. Well, at least they are in San Francisco.

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Photo credit: Fred Norris/FOX

Seasonally appropriate, here's Ichibod Crane from Fox's "Sleepy Hollow" learning about yoga. The image is from the October 27th episode “And the Abyss Gazes Back,” where our Revolutionary protagonist explores tree pose and headless horseman pose, presumably. Why yoga? Why not? Showrunner Mark Goffman told TVLine that the Crane-meets-yoga “is gonna be great” which is [...]

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Employee-Of-the-Month

New York yoga studios are facing a crucial question that could make or break their business: are yoga teachers employees or independent contractors? This has been a hot topic not only recently, but drawn out over the past few years, stemming back to the tax audits which took place in 2011 and 2012. At the [...]

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barbie-kali

Sadly, Kali Barbie will not be seeing the light of day, or exhibit hall. Remember? The blue plastic doll fashioned as Kali, the Hindu goddess of death and destruction, including a severed head, which we were all a little unsure about? It's part of the “Barbie, the Plastic Religion” series by Argentinian artists Pool Paolini and [...]

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lululemon-wide-right

Lululemonville has been relatively quiet lately, after surviving a whole mess of troubles over see-through pants, questionable marketing tactics and Chip Wilson-isms. But lest we forget how individual stores themselves seem to get into their own embarrassing jams, this Buffalo faux pas is here to remind us. Employees at the Buffalo Lululemon store have been forced [...]

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