Manners! You either got em or you don't, areweright? Please and Thank You still go a long way in this world, but when it comes to yoga studio etiquette, being conscious of others and behaving in a socially yog-acceptable way is often elevated to the next level. We've all been there, sitting peacefully in class [...]
Ahh...sacred savasana, the final relaxation pose where you can finally let go. UNLESS. Unless there's some incredibly annoying sound or distraction that inexorably pulls you out of your restful state. Blast! You know what we're talking about. The other day we asked everyone to share their savasana audible gripes and grievances as well as favorite [...]
All the hemming and hawing over what songs to play in yoga class. Who needs it? Here it is, the only playlist you'll ever really need (sorry kirtan and Krishna Das-ers). The hypnotic groove of The XX "Intro" on a 10-hour loop. The new MTV. You're welcome. ------ Earlier... Betsey Johnson Breaks Out Runway Yoga [...]
Yoga studios: they smell of a rare musky mix of tea tree oil, sweaty armpits and stinky feet! Mmm, deeeep inhale. There's only so much burning incense can mask. And we've been in classes before where incense was burned all yoga long without a sip of ventilation, which we hesitate to admit had us longing for eau du body odor. This brought the incense issue to our attention and brings us to our recent informal poll with the simple question: do you use incense?
This triggered a multitude of varying responses from 'hell no!' to 'absolutely!' to 'yes, but I never inhaled.' Reasons not to use incense include allergies, asthma or it gives you headaches. No bueno. Of the responses there was about a half and half mix of yeses to nos, and those who said yes shared that they burned incense at home but not in class, or used it before class but not during.
Er, maybe not what you thought?
Are you a man looking to get into yoga, but completely overwhelmed by all your athletic clothing options? Intimidated by too many women in class? Have no fear of all that stretchy lycra and female antagonism, gentlemen - Buck Harris is here for you, and he's got the answer to your yoga clothes conundrum. Just don't wear any! About the ladies, something tells us you boys weren't interested in them much anyway. (There will be no boner jokes.)
Obi Wan Yogi? Out of luck, these new yoga teachers will be. When you're practicing yoga how do you know you're doing it right? Is what the makers of Kinobi wants us all to ask ourselves. Their newfangled technology, when hooked up to the sensory gadgetry of Microsoft Kinect, will help you figure out those [...]
Remember all that fuss over yoga 'wrecking your body' and such? Ouch! This could easily be dubbed the year of "bend it til it breaks" with much debate and controversy surrounding William J. Broad's book The Science of Yoga: The Risks and Rewards and other scandalous mentionables.
While the bedlam has since died down, yoga injuries are still very much a hot topic and something we should all feel free to discuss. YogaUOnline thinks so and will be hosting a free online telesummit called 'Yoga Injuries: Facts and Fiction' featuring some heavy hitters in the yoga and medical fields.
Forget the debate on mirrors perfecting your alignment, or even instructors for that matter, your shirt will show you the way! Move by Electricfoxy, the newfangled tank top from the future is 'smart' as in it employs sensor technology that hooks up to a mobile app and cloud-based database of yoga poses as well as a library of your own saved custom poses.
By Toni Nagy I am not a big fan of the term “natural childbirth.” It implies that other births are what? Not natural? Synthetic? Artificial? I think the term needs a re-branding so it doesn’t have that tinge of moral superiority. How about Old School birth? It’s fresh… it’s hip hop… the kids these days will [...]
by Toni Nagy Being pregnant is a lot like being the host of a colossal parasite that not only feeds off your blood but is also the cause of various voracious discomforts. Oh right, it is also magical, amazing, and the best thing that could have happened to you, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t [...]
Ever been stuck in a class utterly perplexed by the lexicon of yogaspeak? Us too! Thankfully #yogadork Thais has compiled a cheat sheet for all your mind-bending yoga cue needs. Translation, please! by Thais Guimaraes, edited by YD I took a yoga class recently at an unfamiliar studio as part of my yoga teacher training. [...]
Oh yes, yes! The semi-popular semi-taboo yoga and sex talk comes swinging around the block once again with its saucy seducing scent of tea tree oil and Sex Panther. This time it's the 'Oh' word: yOgasm. We didn't make it up. So, is this yogasm for real? Like the "ecstatic birth" trend, are orgasms "yoga's [...]
Know your yoga? Try it with your eyes closed. Uh, and with a blindfold? We can't exactly call this a trend yet, since it's not pounded out on HuffPo or elephant journal, but we have a good mind to think it could catch on amongst daring yoga folk. Pratyahara is one of the 8 limbs [...]
Hey dorks! Continuing your ed? If you're in NYC next weekend and feel inclined to finding out how to use yoga to help at-risk youth and adults, you probably won't want to miss this. Hala Khouri, co-founder of Off the Mat, Into the World, is holding a weekend training on doing just that. Here's the [...]
Do you have a bigger body? Are you intimidated to practice yoga because of it? It's true in the culture of fitness, and by association, yoga, we're often surrounded by images of sleekly slim yogis flexing their lanky limbs on the mats next to us, leading the classes, or plastered in front of us in [...]