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– Yoga in America is super white. There are several theories for this. But is it racist?
“Racism is so implicit that you never even notice that it’s a white girl on the cover every single time,” added Amy Champ, a PhD from the University of California, Davis, who wrote her dissertation on American yoga. “But when you begin to ask yourself, ‘What does yoga have to do with my community?’, then you begin to question all these inequities.”
– Not only may yoga be racist, it may be stealing your soul as well. A priest in Ireland believes yoga is “contemptible” and advises we should not “put your soul in jeopardy for the sake of these contemptible things.” Which plays perfectly with our new style of VERY hot yoga. Devil May Care™.
– Time Magazine lends a voice to the neverending hot yoga = weight loss debate. Hint: the results are disappointing, but your heart says thank you.
Williams also stresses the importance of hydration and nutrient replacement. “You can’t sweat out a bunch of minerals and then replace them with water alone,” he says. Dangerously low levels of potassium, sodium, and other electrolytes contribute to those scary health risks mentioned above.
Left unanswered are questions about the long-term effects of hot yoga practice, or how people with heart defects or other health conditions might react to the strenuous conditions, Tracy says.
– Free Download! Always a nice thing, and especially nice when it’s a free talk from Judith Hanson Lasater on “Teaching Mixed Level Classes: Creating Conscious Community,” something every teacher could benefit from in this hyper-popular, multi-leveled yogi world we live in today.