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While spirited and God-fearing Americans continue to debate the merits and menace of yoga, bless their hearts, LA's Loyola Marymount University, the largest Catholic university on the West Coast has initiated a Certificate Program in Yoga Philosophy. Yep, a full list of courses covering: ...the study of classical yoga, various schools of Hinduism, Sanskrit, mantra chanting, Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, meditation, [...]

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Is India un-yoga? What? Everyone knows yoga came from India, right? Though it seems most of what we know of the practice today has come from Western influence, even in yoga's motherland. Is this true? Don't take our word for it. NPR has a story from Sandip Roy, an India-born American immigrant who's just learning his downward [...]

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As we close one year and begin another, our thoughts turn to reflections of the past and hopes for the future. This poem by Max Ehrmann (1927) reminds us how to stay on track to attain our true universal desire: happiness! We are also reminded of Yoga Sutra 1.33 where Patanjali lays out the four keys to peace. By cultivating attitudes of [...]

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And since we've no place to go. Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow Happy snow day east coasters! We're quite literally snowed in, with most modes of transportation shut down due to this cah-razy blizzard. We hope everyone is staying warm and safe, and enjoying some extended play time with your fam [...]

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Happy Merry! If you're reading this blog post we at least hope you're taking a breather from the holiday madness, kicking your feet up with a piping hot cup of Christmas cheer. Yep, it's Christmas Eve so we're going to keep this just how we like our holiday eggnog - short, sweet and a little [...]

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Happy Holiday Merriment! Are you off traveling? Scrambling to get last minute gifts? Looking forward to lounging in your PJs with a cup of hot cocoa and those sweet little marshmallows? Whatever your holiday ritual, we here at YD send our sincerest wishes for a safe, healthy and joyous end of December 2010-ness. We'll be taking a [...]

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Karma yoga? According to today's news more yoga studios are offering free classes to America's jobless. To the approximately 10% of Americans out of work, most of whom we assume can not afford $10-20 classes every week, this is surely a blessing. Here's hoping yoga can, at the very least, provide people with the centering and peace of mind needed [...]

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Woops! Attention lululollies! A voluntary recall is in effect for those loveable reuseable bags they call "shoppers".  Looks like "Do One Thing A Day That Scares You" includes carrying around lead-laden tote bags touting cheeky words of inspiration. (note: reportedly, right now it is an environmental hazard rather than a direct health risk) Apparently, something went awry with [...]

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Are you one of those brave souls traveling this holiday season? Perhaps by crampy airplane, facing meager "snacks" and potential weather delays stranding you on the tarmac for hours? No worries, just make like Ashtanga devotee Madonna and dance your downward dog through the airplane aisle! But be prepared for a few snarling Scrooges.  Passengers on a recent flight from NY to [...]

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Well hello there!  Tired of yoga dudes not getting enough recognition and face time? Well thank dudeness, it's Dudes Doing Yoga to the manly rescue. Oh right, because guys do yoga too. No, it's not meant for the intent and purpose of sweet tooth eye candy (we don't think), but hey we've been oogling enough over scantily-clad slimfit yoginis [...]

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 December 21, 2010, the day the great big orbiting cheeseball turned red! You know the moon's made of cheese, right?  Tonight/tomorrow morning marks the first time in 372 years that there will be a lunar eclipse on the same day as the Winter Solstice (the shortest, darkest day of the year). AND it's a full moon. How exciting! If you're into [...]

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Ahoy there! We have arrived! To where? Oh, so many places dear yogadorks - the past, the present, the next generation of Broadway yoga babies.  This time of year it's easy to slip into a pattern of reflection - so much has happened! we've been through so much together! where has the time gone?? - but just [...]

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Oh, you are so going to looove this or hate it bad. If choreographed yoga has your nadis in a twist, prepare yourself for the Bob Fosse-fied Broadway Musical! It's Yoga Tango! All jazz hands and breathy ujjayi to the tune of Chicago's "Cell Block Tango." It's pretty much an ad for Sonic Yoga here in NYC, a studio [...]

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Interesting  news from the East: China loves yoga! This week Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visited India and gave a 30-minute address at the Indian Council of World Affairs where he praised Mahatma Gandhi, quoted from the Upanishads, spoke highly of Yoga and its relation to Chinese calligraphy, and waxed poetic on how much influence Buddhism has had on Chinese culture. Apparently Wen [...]

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