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In yoga, we tend to place a lot of emphasis on stretching as a means toward more flexibility. But what actually happens in our body when we stretch? Most of us envision our bodies as consisting of play-doh like tissues that we pull on and make longer through stretching, but new science is revealing to us a model of stretching that is much more complex, dynamic, and fascinating than what has previously been imagined. And it turns out that thinking of our bodies in this older “play-doh” like version may be counterproductive and can lead to a number of injuries and structural problems resulting from our yoga practice.

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Here we are. It’s YD LOTW! Our semi-regular weekly post sharing all the linkies we might have missed or didn’t post about but are worth a mention. Check in every Friday for your weekly catch up. Sign up here for our weekly newsletter bringing you all the yogadorkiness straight to your inbox. “When they want to lash [...]

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If you're feeling down, this video will make your day. Kelli Love is a full-time staff member at Girls Prep Bronx Elementary in NYC where she is the in-house yoga and mindfulness teacher. Every student at Girls Prep takes part in the yoga and mindfulness curriculum which is a school-wide offering. This is a rare [...]

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A new lawsuit claims Bikram Choudhury repeatedly sexually assaulted, raped, and harassed a female yoga teacher over the course of several years. The suit, filed Friday, February 13, 2015, makes it the sixth formal complaint against Choudhury involving sexual abuse and/or rape. We just reported yesterday a judge ruled that Bikram would have to face almost [...]

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An update on the rape allegations. Bikram Choudhury will face almost all of the rape and sexual violence claims brought against him by a former teacher trainee, a Los Angeles judge ruled earlier this month. The lawsuit, one of five Bikram is currently facing from five different women, was brought against Choudhury in 2013 by [...]

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london-yoga-timelapse-millenium-bridge

We don't usually post a lot of videos like this but we're sharing this one for two reasons: 1) While the yoga and yogi appear to be the focus at first, it's the people walking by that quickly become the real main subject. 2) Time-lapse video is pretty fantastic in its juxtapositions of time. This [...]

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beige-yoga-pants

So, about that yoga pants ban. People of Montana, give your yoga pants a big hug tonight, you are still free to wear them without fear of reprimand, at least by the police. David Moore, the Republican representative who said yoga pants "should be illegal in public" has come out in response to the Internet's collective [...]

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yogaraj-yoga-marathon-world-record

Yoga marathon: oxymoron or samadhi-in-training? Some of us only wish we could practice yoga ALL the time. Of course, that doesn't necessarily involve the physical practice of posing on our mats for 24 hours straight. Or for 40 hours, which is what 29-year-old Yogaraj CP just did the other day, setting a new world record for longest yoga marathon, [...]

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Baby, it's cold outside. But we think we have something that will warm you up. How about an awesome 75 minutes of yoga, meditation and relaxation wherever and whenever you like? You may want to put your Valentine's plans on hold. This is heart restoration at its finest. Jillian Pransky's Calm Body, Clear Mind DVD is one [...]

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charlotte-bell-yoga-body

If you practice yoga, you’ve probably heard the entreaty, “Listen to your body.” It’s good, sound advice. When you embark on any physical practice, it’s important to know and respect your body’s limits. Those limits can change over time, of course, but tuning in and listening to what your body is telling you each time you practice is essential not only to your body’s health, but to the growth of your practice. How else can you really know the effects of asana?

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montana-yoga-pants-ban

Dear Montana, hide your yoga pants, they could soon be outlawed. Wear them in public and you could be arrested. This is true. We would joke about something so serious? Montana Rep. David Moore, R-Missoula, a crotchety crusader of decency, wants to expand the state's indecent exposure law and take away your right to wear yoga pants in public. [...]

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Yogi Beans creating a heart with their bodies.

Incorporating holiday themes into kids’ yoga classes is a fantastic way to expand on the meaning of any holiday, and may present the opportunity to incorporate some basic yoga philosophy into your classes. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, try integrating the theme of Loving-Kindness into your kids’ yoga classes.

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Colleen Saidman Yee teaching at her yoga studio in Sag Harbor, NY.  | photo by Gordon M. Grant for The New York Times

If you think yoga teacher is a dream job, you might want to keep your day job. CNNMoney/PayScale's top 100 careers "with big growth, great pay and satisfying work" is out and you'll never guess what made the list. OK, you can probably guess thanks to our headline and intro...Ranking in at top job number 10...is...drum [...]

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bankrupt-yoga

I came to yoga, like most people, because I hated my job and going to yoga class was easier than finding another career. I was a well-paid corporate lawyer and, as I watched the gentle office dust drift through the filtered New York City sunlight, I dreamed of being anywhere else.

At first, it started with one or two classes a week, but soon, like an addict, I was there as often as I could skip out of work early. The yoga teacher was an escapee from the world of public relations. She had luscious dark, wavy hair, milky skin and sturdy thighs. At the end of every class, she turned off the lights, and we students lay there in the dark underneath musty, scratchy blankets.

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