Yoga, no bullshit.
Protesters of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement have descended on lower Manhattan in the form of peaceful makeshift bed-ins and barricades in the name of freedom, and they plan to stay for a few months. Hoping to attract more than 20,000, the gathering drew maybe half a fraction of that amount when it kicked off Saturday, but many participants are encouraged to set up beds and kitchens to stick it out for the long haul.
According to organizers’ website “Occupy Wall Street” was inspired by previous protests in Egypt, Greece, Spain, and Iceland:
“We plan to use the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic of mass occupation to restore democracy in America. We also encourage the use of nonviolence to achieve our ends and maximize the safety of all participants.”
Nonviolent tactics and peaceful protests included group yoga classes set up in front of the Wall Streeters and passersby.
A fascinating thing to watch as yoga becomes more popular not only as an individual practice, but as a unifying (peaceful) battle cry and demonstration of dissent. Controlled chaos and harmonized yoga for a better world. Namaste, peaceful warriors.
You know, this totally gives us an idea for next time our Metrocard stops working inexplicably. Watch out MTA, this Parivrrta Trikonasana has your name on it!
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