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Putin-asana? Wait, did yoga just get a glowing endorsement from Russia's most virile and intolerant leader? In a showing of uncharacteristic fallibility, Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted to India's Narendra Modi that he's never tried yoga (never?!) but that he would finally face it boldly and give it a go (and conquer it handsomely, obviously, [...]

Yogis practicing at the Bobrovy Log resort in Russia. | image credit: Reuters/Ilya Naymushin

While we were savasaning, Russian officials went ahead and changed their minds and reversed the yoga ban. Just like that. Maybe they were just kidding about yoga being “inextricably linked to religious practices” and that it could “spread new religious cults.” Maybe they bowed to pressures from the public who thought their fears were unfounded and ridiculous. [...]

A police officer stands in front of paintings by Russian artist Georgy Litichevsky entited "Police Practice Yoga", exhibited during a Labour Day rally by the Solidarity opposition movement in Moscow May 1, 2009. image credit: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Ugh. The inalienable right to practice yoga is not felt internationally, apparently. Russian officials have hopped on the anti-yoga train claiming the practice is "inextricably" linked to religion (aka Hinduism) and could “spread new religious cults and movements.” Via Time: According to the Moscow Times, which cited a report in the Russian Kommersant daily, the owners of two of the [...]

'Shripad Naik, India's first minister overseeing yoga and traditional medicine, practicing yoga in the garden at his residence.' | photo: Kuni Takahashi for The New York Times

International Yoga Day sounded like it could be all happy one-love, but it is just not sitting well with everyone. The Indian government has been putting out fires ever since the UN declared June 21st International Yoga Day. Are they promoting a Hindu nationalist agenda? Are sun salutations religious? Does yoga amount to worship? All [...]

Indian schoolchildren practicing yoga at Delhi Public School in Hyderabad. photo credit: Mahesh Kumar/AP

International Yoga Day may seem exciting for the world, but it's not making everyone happy, especially in India. Ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi made it his mission to lead yoga's cultural rebirth, or at least reclaim its roots, there have been some critics on the sidelines questioning his methods and intentions. For the Muslim [...]


The first ever UN-approved International Day of Yoga is fast approaching. And now it's been reported that India's leader will be publicly yoga-ing in celebration come June 21st. According to Reuters, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will "practice physical poses and breathing control" at the country's main event, government spokespeople confirm. Apparently it's not just for show, [...]


Set for June 21, International Yoga Day is rapidly approaching - it's almost May, already! Are you excited? Well, get excited now because we have an official logo, and everyone knows without a logo, nothing is really real. Here it is! What do you think? The image was unveiled Wednesday by India's External Affairs Minister, Sushma [...]


Sound the trumpets and ring the bells, yoga has won! Tell 'em what they've won, Johnny. As it turns out, in the superlatives of the grand yearbook of modern exercise, yoga is the least likely to become a fizzle away fad when it comes to fitness trends. As in, plenty of exercise methods come and go [...]


It's official, June 21st is now the International Day of Yoga. Says Indian Prime Minister Modi, "Namaste, motherf@*kers!" Kidding, of course. But he is quite elated. On Thursday, with 177 nations backing the initiative, the UN declared that the world will be observing a global day of yoga on the 21st of June, around the [...]


 Things are looking good for International Yoga Day becoming a real global holiday pretty soon. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeing a swarm of support from the European Union (EU) as well as over 130 countries, including the US, Canada and China, who have signed up for a co-sponsorship of the global holiday. "EU supports [...]


Reports have indicated that Thich Nhat Hanh, beloved Zen Buddhist monk and teacher, at 88 may be nearing the end of his earthly time. The renowned Zen master known for his peace activism, Buddhist teachings, and many books inspiring many people's lives, as well as immeasurable inspirational quotes posted on social media, is ailing in [...]

Shripad Naik, new minister in charge of the department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH), sits inside his office in New Delhi November 11, 2014.  REUTERS/Anindito

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, staying true to his mission to bring India's traditions of yoga and ayurveda officially to the global forefront, or, some may say, capitalize on the growing popularity of these systems worldwide, has already created its very first department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH), with Shripad Naik freshly [...]

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures after laying a commemorative wreath at the site of the 9/11 Memorial in the lower Manhattan borough of New York September 27, 2014. 
Photo credit: Reuters/Carlo Allegri

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants the world to adopt International Yoga Day. On Saturday, September 27th, Modi spoke before the U.N. General Assembly on matters related to terrorism, climate change, and the need for all of us to come together for a united day of yoga. Via Reuters: In his first address to the [...]


As an update to last week's report, we're sad to hear BKS Iyengar is still in the hospital and is considered to be in critical condition. The 96-year-young yoga guru was put on dialysis last Sunday following renal failure but unfortunately his kidneys have not responded so well to the treatment, according to today's reports. Guruji, [...]