Quick, how many pregnant women does it take to break a yoga world record? If you said 500, you win! Where did this record-making yoga event take place? If you said China you get super extra bonus points. That's right, 500 women who are preggers gathered together in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen to practice [...]
Free subway rides for 30 squats? We're fit New Yorkers, sign us up! Apparently it's one of those things, only in Moscow? It's true, a vending machine at the Vystavochnaya station will give you a single-ride ticket if you stand in front of it and perform 30 squats. It's part of a promotion by Russia's Olympic Committee [...]
It's not enough to just say yoga can affect people of all races, religions and regions looking to find peace inside, even when there may not be peace outside. These photos of Palestinian women practicing yoga are a visual representation of it. An article in the Wall street Journal from September 20 profiles groups of women who [...]
Protestors in Istanbul, Turkey have been occupying Gezi Park for six days now. To continue the peaceful demonstrations, yogis have joined the cause holding classes in the park. The mass media is finally catching up with them. Here's footage from Taksim Square displaying about 100 people joining together in their yoga practice, a "new form [...]
An incredible thing is happening in Turkey right now. A peaceful protest to protect a park from being demolished and rebuilt into a shopping mall in the center of Istanbul has devolved into a clash of citizens and government that has seen thousands of people come to join the occupation in solidarity, some injured from [...]
Meanwhile, in Kenya, thousands of women, men and children participate in 350 free weekly yoga classes as part of the growing boom of yoga in Africa. The Africa Yoga Project, founded by Paige Elenson in 2007 started small, but has now expanded to over 80 trained yoga teachers from local areas providing classes to the [...]
Meanwhile in Zurich, Switzerland: The high court has ruled that parents of a kindergartener overreacted when they claimed their son's school yoga class was interfering with their Christian beliefs. See? The Swiss, which we might have assumed would remain rather balanced on the issue, are just like us and go to court over yoga in [...]
Above: A group of about a dozen women practice yoga together Gorom Refugee Camp, near the South Sudan capital, Juba. The free daily yoga classes began when Sara Gottfredsen, an associate protection officer with the UN Refugee Agency, and other UNHCR staff took yoga classes from teacher Naomi Swain in Juba. Using a curriculum from Mandala [...]
While performing foot-in-mouthasana, the BBC has offended up to one billion Hindus by referring to yoga as a “new age fad.” BBC News-World posted a video on January 10 marking the 150th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda who is known and celebrated for introducing Eastern philosophies to the Western world in the late 19th Century. Innocent enough, [...]
Spurred on by the story and awesome images of The Kolbergs, a Jewish family doing their yoga in ultra-orthodox Israel, Reuters published a slideshow of devout Hasidic Jewish men practicing in a studio in Ramat Beit Shemesh, about 12 miles from Jerusalem. Among them, Iyengar Yoga teacher Avraham Kolberg. Here we are offered insight beyond [...]
About 200 members of a Laughter Yoga club in Hanoi, Vietnam donned their Santa suits on December 23 and took to Ly Thai To park to laugh themselves all the way to 2013. Laughter Yoga: like that super eccentric cousin who's always saying bizarre things that are baffling at the time, but seem to make perfect [...]
Legendary Indian musician and star of the sitar, Ravi Shankar, has passed on this auspicious Wednesday, 12/12/12, at the age of 92. Best known for bringing classical Indian music to the West collaborating with the likes of Yehudi Menuhin, his sitar strumming really became popular in the 60s and into the 70s when he infamously influenced The Beatles' George Harrison. A little song called Norwegian Wood is a good example. It started to catch on with other bands like The Byrds, The Rolling Stones, The Turtles, The Mamas & The Papas...And so raga rock was born!
Meet the Kolbergs. They live in Israel and don't miss an opportunity to practice yoga. Photos via Rachel Yula Kolberg, the lovely lady seen below in Iyengar style. Express yourself.
Happy Diwali! Above, a pretty NASA photo of India during Diwali, the annual Hindu 5-day Festival of Lights signifying the triumph of good over evil. Union over divide. Gizmo over the Gremlins.
Mahatma Gandhi has called Diwali a reminder and an opportunity to "Be the change you want to see in the world." It just so happens to be on a new moon and a solar eclipse. Triple threat presto chango!
(image: ascentmagazine.com) An update to the latest scandal and sad disappointment to reach the yoga public involving Kausthub Desikachar, son of T.K.V. Desikachar, grandson of Sri T. Krishnamacharya: a letter sent Tuesday, October 16th to an estimated 700 email recipients spanning "respected friends, colleagues, well-wishers of KYM and of Sri T.K.V. Desikachar and members of KHYF" from longtime [...]