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YD LOTW: Chris Hemsworth Beach Yoga, Lawyers Team Up for Bikram Rape Cases, Andrew WK and Deepak Chopra Party

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March 6, 2015. It’s YD LOTW! Our semi-regular weekly post sharing all the linkies we might have missed or didn’t post about but are worth a mention. Check in every Friday for your weekly catch up. Sign up here for our weekly newsletter bringing you all the yogadorkiness straight to your inbox.

  • OK Yoga. Michael Siegle, a grad of the Prison Yoga Project, volunteers his time to teach four yoga classes for inmates of the Tulsa County Jail in Oklahoma. The classes are totally free – they don’t cost taxpayers any money – and event the mats are conated.
  • Perpetual partier and purveyor of rock, Andrew WK, had a conversation with spiritual self-helper Deepak Chopra and the result is something out of pizza party on acid dream.
  • Two attorneys, Mary Shea of Shea Law Offices and Carney Shegerian of Shegerian & Associates, Inc., have joined together to represent the six women claiming to have been raped or sexually abused by Bikram Choudhury. Both shared statements on defending their clients and the uniqueness of the cases due to “deep spiritual violation.”

“We are absolutely honored to be given the opportunity to help these courageous women seek justice,” said Shea, who has spent more than 20 years standing up to sexual abusers and protecting those in need of representation. “Because of the unique nature of the Bikram yoga community and the level of trust and placed in the hands of the defendant, the plaintiffs’ heartbreaking stories of sexual assault, rape and abuse are further exacerbated by a deep spiritual violation as well.”

“These cases are actually representative of a problem that has plagued society for far too long,” said Shegerian, who specializes in employee rights. “Men in positions of power making unwanted and illegal sexual advances toward women who are their employees or students is a problem of epidemic proportions that simply must stop. These women are taking a very brave step toward shedding light on one such person of influence that has been sexually harassing, abusing and assaulting women for a very long time. It’s our job to help these women and put a stop to this.”

Photo credit Diimex / Glenn Reeve

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  • Tragic that people abuse their power in something as beautiful as yoga … hope Bikram gets the book thrown at him!

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