Today's the day. Civil rights case pitting Sedlock v. Baird, parents v. school, religion v. yoga, goes on trial today in Encinitas, CA. The Sedlocks, parents of a child in the Encinitas Union School District (EUSD) who have evangelical Christian roots and support, claim that free twice-weekly 30-minute yoga classes threaten religious freedom and, in fact, equal religious indoctrination, [...]
Hold onto your school lunches, a trial date has been set for the civil rights case pitting parents against the Encinitas Union School District over free yoga classes. Their time in court will come May 20. As a refresher, a lawsuit, Sedlock vs. Baird (school superintendant), was filed earlier this year by two parents claiming the Ashtanga yoga [...]
Distraught over the latest shakeup in the yoga pants world? OMG. Us either. But, it's an interesting side effect of this burgeoning and competitive yoga (pants) industry. Thankfully, the Wall Street Journal has put the feud in perspective with the help of an infographic. Exhibit A: Lululemon "Astro" pants compared to CK "imposter."
Good grief. A hot yoga war rages in the heat of the summer. No it's not over whose pose is the best, but who poses the biggest threat to Bikram Choudhury's livelihood, which is pretty lively indeed at an estimated $7 million in annual earnings, multiple Rolls-Royces, a diet of Coca-Cola and his own Vedic vitamins and plenty of diamond-encrustedness, not to mention his habit of spewing offensive, yes-he-really-did-just-say-that quotes, also still very much alive.
More trouble in Anusaraland. Let's pause for a moment. Take a deep breath. Because this is some heavy shit. An anonymous tipster has sent us info that could potentially muddy the shiny, happy, image of John Friend and Anusara Inc., and shed some light on the recent flurry of exits by some of the brand's foremost teachers like Elena Brower and Amy Ippoliti.
It seems not everyone is pleased about your stinky toes rolling over Ganesha to Down Dog. This yoga beef time pits the very vocal president of the Universal Society of Hinduism Rajan Zed vs. Santa Monica based personalized mat biz Yogamatic. Zed wrote a letter to the mat company Jan. 27 declaring the use of Lord Ganesha's image on a yoga mat to be "inappropriate" asking for immediate recall, and comparing it to a mat with the image of Jesus Christ.
Bikram is pissed. And when Bikram is pissy, you can bet he's suey! The beef between B-Don and Yoga to the People went public a few months ago with the closure of a Penn Station Bikram Yoga location and the subsequent slinging of blame in the direction of YTTP in public letter form. The story's [...]
And then we learned our sun salutations were dancing us straight on the prana express to the hot blazeballs of hell. Thanks to 85-year-old Father Gabriel Amorth, the president of the International Association of Exorcists, who has warned us of fiery flames of eternal damnation in his claim that yoga and Harry Potter are "magic" and "the [...]
BEEF! Uh oh. Bikram may have his legal team under lockdown once again. The offender? Yoga to the People, the often mat-to-mat packed and sweaty yoga studio touting "no glorified teachers, scripts or pedestals" with multiple locations around NYC, as well as West Coast. And they wrote it in a letter, to the people. Apparently the beef came [...]
(above: BKS Iyengar hanging loose) And then Iyengar says to Ramdev "knock it off with the kapalbhati peddling, compadre. Capice?!" Actually, that's not true. What BKS Iyengar did say on Tuesday, speaking to a group of Chinese yoga enthusiasts (in China), was that those who "sell programmes like kapalbhati" are basically corrupting Patanjali's yoga. The 93-year-old Guruji [...]
Shiva Rea speaks up in response to last week's media tour of Trance Dance slam fest. Choosing facebook to publicly, semi-unofficially respond, Shiva gives her take on her experience at Rishikesh and thoughts on the definition of "skimpy". We're glad she took the time and believe it's fair to hear from the Shakti goddess herself. [...]
"This is not yoga, it's just a show, but to succeed in California, this is what they have to do." Austrian yoga teacher Florian Palzinsky, 42, groaning in response to Shiva Rea's short-shorts "writhing" in Yoga Trance Dance at the International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh. According to reports, some 20 peeved practitioners, not feeling the [...]
UPDATED: Further commentary on the Hindu American Foundation's "Take Yoga Back" Campaign, and Yoga history and connection with religion in general - from authors Stefanie Syman, Mark Singleton, Deepak Chopra, and Hindu American Foundation co-founder, Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. Via Times of India Op-Ed - "Yoga's appeal is universal" Yoga gives cultural weight to Brand [...]
Wowy wow. Behold one of the boldest anti-yogevangelist claims yet! We've recently seen public condemning of yoga practice by big bopper Southern Baptist Albert Mohler, who's convinced that yoga could be breathe its way into replacing Christianity! But holy Jesus ravioli, are we yogadorks actually yoga...demons? Pastor Mark Driscoll, an indisputable megachurch superstar in Seattle, [...]
Here we go...More controversy over yoga and religion! And now it's making major headlines, but, nope, this is not new. The NY Daily News has a bit about Southern Baptist Seminary President Albert Mohler and his vocal anti-yoga evangelizing, positing that Christianity and yoga are incompatible. This was all brought to light after an interview [...]