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Diversity has been a hot topic in yoga as of late. Diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility. Three biggies that help form the foundation for the increasingly ubiquitous and benevolent mantra "yoga is for everybody." But, good intentions aside, are yoga teachers saying the wrong things to make students feel otherwise? Short answer: yep, probably. But they [...]

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by Sara Kleinsmith To touch, or not to touch? This is one of the dilemmas we experience as yoga teachers. In yoga, adjustments can be a matter of personal preference. Recently, I've had many discussions with teachers about adjustments and their opinions regarding the subject. If you are unaware of what an adjustment is, it's [...]

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Transcendental Meditation (TM) is taught in 2,000 schools in Latin America, here in Peru, through the David Lynch Foundation, the program is called "A Consciousness-Based Education". | image credit: Jdontfight/wikicommons

by Ann Purcell In my upbringing, there was never any discussion about enlightenment, period. I had never heard of enlightenment as a possibility in any church service, or any educational program. Even in India the concept of enlightenment is reserved for the rare few recluse who wish to live in a cave and give up [...]

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From the files of faulty yoga clothing comes the new threat of the great hoodie string caper. In all seriousness, there's been another Lululemon recall, this time for over 300,000 tops with draw strings that have become face-attacking weapons. Slate reports: Lululemon is recalling 318,000 women’s tops in the United States and Canada that the [...]

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We usually dislike headlines such as the one we just wrote, but in this case, it may actually be true. And we're not in any position to deny you the joyful experience of dogs captured looking euphorically zen, are we? For this photo series, professional pet and wildlife photographer Alex Cearns spent hours with these beautiful [...]

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by Timothy McCall, MD Years ago, a famous professor of medicine announced to his graduating class that half of what he had taught them was wrong, but that he didn't know which half. Much of what we learn in yoga has been passed down from a line of teachers, and from ancient yoga texts. And [...]

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Here it is...it happened. The very first International Yoga Day. While the world participated in the official day of global yoga celebrations (or in some cases organized protests) we have to wonder, dear readers, if/what/how did you celebrate? International Yoga Day was June 21, which was also the Summer Solstice so you might have already [...]

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Mostly, yoga is bullshit.

This is breaking my heart.

One of my teachers says I should allow my heart to break. Another shrugs when I say I’m about ready to leave the path and start working retail. Leaving the path may be the path, he says. Neither of these feel helpful.

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This photo series captures the final images of BKS Iyengar's practice before he passed in August last year at age 95. It's a captivating peek into his daily practice, which he famously kept up into his 90s. Guruji, as he is fondly referred to, was known for overcoming disease at a young age, suffering from [...]

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Meanwhile, at the United Nations... International Yoga Day is here and it's brought with it many dignitaries and officials to celebrate and commemorate. The United Nations is broadcasting a live feed featuring speeches from UN spokesperson Ban Ki-Moon, U.S. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Times Square Alliance President Tim Tompkins and a special meditation and yoga practice led by [...]

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Happy Solstice, yogsters! As is tradition, thousands of yogis have taken their co-sponsored mats to the mecca of creative chaos, New York City's Time Square to beckon the sun on the summer solstice. It's cloudy skies in NYC today, but we have hope there will be enough sun salutations to bring about a glimpse or [...]

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Speaking of defying "yoga body" stereotypes. Meet Phyllis Sues. At 85 she walked into her first yoga class and it changed her life. At 92 she's got us so inspired we feel like dancing the tango. (More on that later!) Phyllis Sues, born April 4, 1923, got the dance bug early. Before she was 20, [...]

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image via @MyNameIsJessamyn Sadly, we're still at a point where we need photographic reminders that yoga is for every body. The good news, however, is there are some folks out there who are dead set on proving it. Thanks to Instagram (thanking Instagram? this won't happen often), images of yogis with bodies of all shapes [...]

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'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 [...]

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