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YogaDork Year in Review: Biggest Yoga News and Best of 2012

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It’s a 2012 Year in Review! It’s been a rocking, rollicking year chock full of funny yoga videos, infographics, considerable news, inspirations, revelations and scandals. It’s true, you can’t have a 2012 year in review without scandals. But from the unrest we rise, better equipped to face another year of yoga with open arms and melty hearts and all. Time to put this baby to bed.

Here they are, the biggest, and in some cases, best stories of 2012 compiled very scientifically by popularity, profundity and passed-aroundedness.

1. Fall of John Friend – News broke in early February 2012 of John Friend of Anusara’s alleged involvement in questionable sexual, financial and morally compromising acts. We watched as things unfolded and posted as more news came out of the woodwork, as Anusara morphed and JF reinvented himself. Multiple posts made the top hits but everything can be found here: Running Timeline of Anusara Controversy, Updates and Teacher Resignations

2Lady Gaga Responds to ‘Fat’ Criticism, Posts Underwear Yoga Pics – Lady Gaga noticeably gained a few pounds and the media pounced. Madame Gaga responded with a big FU and a mission for acceptance.

Further reading:

2aCut the Fat Speak: An Open Letter to the Yoga Community

2bOn Doing Yoga While Fat and Falling In Love With Yourself

3. Inspiration. This: Watch This Man’s Crazy Inspiring Transformation After DDP Yoga (video)

4.  Big News: Federal Court Rules Bikram Can Not Copyright Asana Sequence – After the year-long lawsuit battle the courts finally ruled yoga poses and sequences can not be copyrighted. Rejoice!

what's your yogi name

5.  Fun! Need we say more, Feather Chai Rainstorm? What Is Your Yogi Name? Read This Chart and Find Out

Yoga Room SFO Airport

6.  SFO came up with an awesome ideaSan Francisco Airport Unveils First of Its Kind ‘Yoga Room’

6a. Dallas couldn’t resist getting in on the action. Healthiest airport? Who’s next? – DFW Opens Yoga Studio in Bid to Become Healthiest Airport

7. Equinox gets extra sexy with this underwear yoga video. YD pal Michael Stusser sauces it up with this cheeky parody follow up.

8. Chip Wilson resigns. The interesting and controversial cat who founded Lululemon stepped down following the “John Galt” fiasco and other weirdo stuff (see: what you won’t hear in lulu and 12 bizarrities of lululemon). To his credit, Chip was responsible for some out there, attention-grabbing marketing. Though can’t be blamed for the Barbie doll backlash.

9.  Wavy gravy groovy yogis. Your Brain On Meditation [infographic]

10. Yet another upsetting story of abuse of power, this time by Krishnamacharya’s grandson, TKV Desikachar’s son. Update: Sad Details of Kausthub Desikachar’s Psychopathic Abuse of Power, Sexual Misconduct and the Preserving of His Family’s Legacy

11. Yoga Shoes! Nike Introduces Yoga Shoes For Your Inadequate Lady Feet. And these other shoes are karmalicious, apparently.

12. Human Yoga Motorcycle! How Many Yogis Does It Take to Make a Human Motorcycle? [photos]

13. Yoga is big. Like in the top 10 growing industries next to green stuff and hot sauce big, and it’s getting bigger!  New 2012 Study Tells Us How Many Millions More Do Yoga and How Many Billions of Dollars It’s Worth

Indeed, there was some big news in yoga this year. We’ll finish with a few 2012 superlatives:

Favorite vintage find: Mick Jagger’s Shoulderstand. Boom.

Russell Brand Yoga Hammer Pants

2012’s Celebriyogi Mascot Award goes to…Russell Brand!

Between his new chakra tattoos, yogaboho style, chatting up the Westboro Baptist Church with the help of Krishna and gifting his Kundalini Yoga teacher a car for Christmas, Rusty earns himself the title of Most Blogged About Celebriyoga Bloke of 2012.

Our Favorite (spam) Comment of the Year:

What i do not understood is if truth be told how you are now not actually a lot more smartly-appreciated than you may be right now. You’re very intelligent. You already know therefore significantly when it comes to this topic, made me personally consider it from numerous various angles. Its like women and men don’t seem to be involved except it is something to accomplish with Lady gaga! Your personal stuffs nice. At all times maintain it up!

Which has now become our motto for the year: Maintain it up! Look out 2013.

What do you think was the biggest story of 2012? Which post was your favorite?



12 comments… add one
  • maintain it up, YD! love it. IAYB’s motto for 2013 is “ready for anything.” what a year 2012 was, and let’s hope for an eventful and fun 2013!

    great list here, although i think – even though he drove us all crazy – WJB and the NYT yoga injuries debacle should be included. that article instigated a much-needed conversation about how yoga can harm, as well as heal. it was time that we started talking about the dark side of yoga practice.

    • I agree with Roseanne: I love your assessment of the year and admire your courage in bringing the Anusara issue to light. You were the catalyst that allowed the truth to come out. I’m sure it wasn’t without its discomforts, especially at first.

      Like Roseanne, I did miss seeing Broad’s yoga injury story among your highlights (or lowlights). It was an important shakeup for the yoga community.

      I’m duly impressed that you even read your favorite blog spam, let alone transcribed it!

  • Arlet

    what a year!!!! http://extendyoga.com

  • I’m surprised that the attention on the Kausthub scandal lasted about 15 minutes. I almost canceled my group trip to KYM because of it — one person canceled but for the most part, no one was very concerned about him or the allegations.

    My posts on him got the most hits and “kausthub desikachar scandal” was the #1 search term on my blog in 2012. seems like everyone looking for info on him in the yoga blogosphere hit my blog.

    • Vision_Quest2

      Wake me up when old-school yoga is front-and-center in the yoga news again … but I see signs of change, as of say … yesterday? : http://www.myyogaonline.com/videos/yoga/old-school-yoga

      First of a series, I think, by an erstwhile power yoga teacher

      People are fed up. There is a new zeitgeist.

      Still, I’m enjoying this savasana

  • NCDan

    Mr. Broad has done a more recent article about yoga related injuries in men. It certainly fits my experience, both as a student and as a teacher.

  • Love the list – what a year!
    Thanks for leading so many conversations in 2012. Your vintage find totally rocks and that spam made my week.
    I’ll watch for YD T-shirts with “Maintain It Up!”

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