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YD LOTW: How Long Is Habit-Forming, Yoga Shapes Get Love, Baptiste Quits Boston, HeliYoga HeliWho?

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September 18, 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 on Fridays for your weekly catch up. Sign up here for our weekly newsletter bringing you all the yogadorkiness straight to your inbox.

  • This is a fascinating. How long does it really take to form a new habit? For something to become automatic in your routine? Maybe 21 days, but more than likely it’s something like 66 to 254 days. The good news is, “Building better habits is not an all-or-nothing process.” Remember that the next time you miss a day of your “__ day yoga challenge.”
  • Here’s the Forbes take on the athleisurepocalypse. “Passing fad or a lasting industry game-changer?” We may never know! (Actually, we’ll probably find out pretty soon.)
  • In a recent article Shape Magazine shouted out the Yoga and Body Image Coalition, and gave mention to Jessamyn Stanley (@MyNameIsJessamyn) who’s made lots of headlines lately for being very open and positive about her own yoga body. Shape is hip to yoga body love, it seems, and we have one thing to say…finally! Though, we hope this isn’t just a trend so powerful they couldn’t resist. As in, we hope this is a lasting thing and not just an attention-grabbing headline. Because #loveyourbody is more than a hashtag, you know.
  • A little yogabiz update: Last week we heard how YogaWorks bought up two indie studios in Boston making their nationwide reach a grand total of 40. This week we learn that Baron Baptiste has bailed on Boston. But power yogis do not fret, Baptiste has bequeathed, well…he’s sold his two Boston-based studios to two of his students. All is not bygone. “This will allow me to focus my energy on my upcoming book,” Baptiste said.
  • Heliyoga. Heli-wha? The next coolest location to hold a mass yoga class is a helipad, apparently. If the thought of spending an evening on an asphalt strip normally used for helicopter landings that’s been transformed into a dance club – with music only you can hear because you have glowing earphones – and a huge yoga class led by the queen of huge yoga classes, Elena Brower, then this is your gig. It’s the latest Sound Off Yoga event on Manhattan’s Pier 6 Helipad this Sunday, Sept. 20. Sponsors include WTRMLN WTR (watermelon water) and Brower’s own teach.yoga. Early bird tix are all sold out so if you’re looking for heliyoga for helicheap you’re helilate.
  • Finally, if you need a thoughtful read, especially in the wake of all the frustrating political news, we have one for you. Aidee Chavez Frescas Douglas, a yoga therapist and the Marketing Director of Yoga 4 Change, shares how yoga helped her speak out against injustices and the use of the word “illegal.”

I have been called illegal more times than I can count. I have been asked if I married my husband for “papers.” I’ve been asked if my parents planned to give birth of me in Texas so I would be an American citizen. An ex-boss introduced me to a client and the second thing he said after my name was, “She was born here. She’s American!” As if to validate me in some way. It felt awful.

These misleading misconceptions were leveled at me because why, my skin is brown? Because I have an accent? And now, thanks to people like Donald Trump, the word immigrant is being attached to the terms, illegal, rapist, abuser, killer.

What is it about immigration—whatever its legal status—that incenses people like Mr. Trump so much?

That’s it for this week. Happy weekend!

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