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TWIY: Yoga’s 8 Percent, Bikram Lawsuit, 49ers Brian Jennings, Happy Birthday BKS Iyengar!

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Happy Friday! It’s like we just keep coming back to you, lovely day of Fri. But today is special, it’s the 94th birthday of BKS Iyengar! Cheers and lion ears! Or, is that eyebrows? In any case, Guruji’s birthday usually means that we’re alarmingly close to the end of the year, which means festiveness and 2012 reflections. Already? Pretty soon we’ll be sharing our top picks for this past year’s yoga news stories and asking you to vote on your faves, so start thinking about it now, or dreaming between all those visions of sugar plums in savasana. We know, what a long and crazy quick year! Right now let’s just catch up on the past week(ish).

Here’s What Happened This Week In Yoga:

Blessings and gratitude to the talented sitarist Ravi Shankar, the “Godfather of World Music,” deemed so by Beatle George Harrison. Shankar passed away on the auspicious 12.12.12 at the age of 92. Read more about his influence in some likely (your yoga class) and unexpected (Metallica) places.

Are YOU part of the 8%? New 2012 Study Tells Us How Many Millions More Do Yoga and How Many Billions of Dollars It’s Worth

Miracles all around! Well, sort of.

This hasn’t been John Friend’s year, but to hell with it, he’s back motherf#*@er$. Former Anusara Leader John Friend ‘Rebirths’ Himself, Returns to Teaching Full Time, Thanks

O, Bikram Choudhury, O, Bikram Choudhury, How stinky are your lawsuits. pew. Bikram Settles Million Dollar Copyright Suit

The essential “loser” in the settlement begs to differ, and puts it in a letter, declaring yoga the winner in all of this. Lawsuits, Copyrights and Yoga: A Letter from Greg Gumucio on His Case vs. Bikram

But nevermind that, let’s get festive!

Celebrate B.K.S. Iyengar’s birthday with a little Setu Bandhasana and dash of his 1976 film “Ultimate Freedom” Happy 94th Birthday B.K.S. Iyengar

Did you get all your yogis holiday goodies? Have we got the ULTIMATE and ridiculous gift guide for YOU! We’re talking Chakra Tiara and Om bling, here. Top 5 Extreme Holiday Gifts for the Ultimate Yogi

Aaaand, here are a few of our humble, and yes, a little more practical suggestions. (Don’t forget to vote in the poll!)  YogaDork Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Yoga Gifts of 2012

As if that wasn’t enough to boost your giving juices, try these picks from Jenn the yogadealer A YogaDorky Holiday: 12 Gift Picks

And we just couldn’t resist gathering our favorite Santa Yogis! Enjoy. 10 Cute and Funny Holiday Yoga Illustrations

Rounding out the week:

This young lady is cool yogi at 12 years old. Kids still say ‘cool’, right?  Willow Smith is Yoga’s Poster Tween

This guy might even get us watching more football. 49ers’ Brian Jennings Keeps His Balance With Yoga

And we wish you all The End of Suffering, the latest YogOpinions post by J. Brown.

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