The year is over, but it’s one we won’t soon forget! From further body awareness and acceptance, to exploring internal inquiry, to bombshell lawsuit updates, to the shifts in yoga teaching and how we view yoga from east to west, the past year was one of growing pains and transition, revelations and revolutions. There is much to be learned and let go.
Allow us to walk you down yoga’s Memory Lane with our YD Year In Review – The top 15 yoga posts of 2015. In order of most popular.
What actually happens when we stretch? This post from Jenni Rawlings really got our brains wrapped around what it means to be flexible.
Yoga’s dark side also happens to be hilarious and in some cases very, very real.
“Jane Doe No. 2,” who alleged she was sexually and emotionally abused during a 2010 Bikram teacher training, is one of six women to sue Bikram Choudhury for sexual assault or rape.
(There have been several updates since…including another lawsuit filed alleging wrongful termination, more Bikram Yoga studios dropping the name, and news that Bikram’s wife Rajashree recently filed for divorce, .)
What is advanced yoga, anyway? This post from Charlotte Bell digs into the heart of why it’s so valuable to understand what “advanced” means to each of us, and what it doesn’t.
11. ‘Lululemon Diaries’ – Employee Recounts Cult-ish Corporate Culture And Disturbing Co-Opting Of Yoga
This employee’s account gave us a new disturbing peek behind the luon curtains to reveal a corporate culture that is “delusional, hypocritical, and cult-like.”
Yoga studios are closing almost as quick as they’re opening. But does closing = failing? Mary McInnis Meyer tackled the very important question: is the yoga studio model over?
Especially pertinent amidst the New Year diet frenzy, Hally Marlino laid out some super helpful ways to avoid the all too common messaging that we’re not good enough.
Teaching yoga is not all it’s cracked up to be, and expectations aren’t either. We learned a lot from this honest post by Jessica Pishko.
In questioning “advanced” we’re also invited to question our purpose. J. Brown has written many thought-provoking pieces but this one about the slow yoga revolution struck a major chord in today’s power-driven yoga trend.
Not the first pop reference, but definitely one of the biggest. Janelle Monae named her hit single “Yoga,” had yoga/yoga-dancing in her video, and is apparently a big yoga fan herself. But is her song even about yoga or a deeper metaphor for something else?
BKS Iyengar is no longer with us physically, but these wonderful photos of his final practice gave us a better sense of who he was in spirit.
Taking a look, a good hard look at modern, and personal, yoga life. “Magical thinking is self indulgent, petty, and dangerous. It’s a version of spirituality that hasn’t grown up,” writes Karin L. Burke.
Not your standard meditation practice! But surprisingly satisfying and effective.
It sounds like a dream job, but, hey CNN, we know better about the “great pay” thing.
Richard Widmark, Jr. showed us that every body is a yoga body and that practice is practice is practice.
Cheers to 2015 for teaching us valuable lessons. And cheers to 2016 for an opportunity to continue the education and inquiry on and off the mat. Practice on!
Had a favorite story from 2015…share it in the comments!