Perhaps the most questionable convention in yoga practice is the assertion that headstand and shoulderstand are the “king and queen of asana.” Deeply rooted in classical traditions and adopted by modern hybrids, the emphasis on these poses is an example of a broader disconnect between ideals and actualities.
One chilly February day in 1997, I was rushing to a meeting with the founder of the soon-to-be-opened Cancer Wellness House. About three blocks from my appointment, I was happy to be greeted by a green light at a major intersection. As I entered the intersection, BAM!
While yoga keeps getting more acrobatic, more alcoholic and hot hot hot, there's a slower, gentler, quieter side people are flocking to in order to get away from, well, all of that, and the rest of life's stresses, noises and disturbances. They're flipping the switch and heading off to silent retreats. Shhhh... Silent retreats are [...]
We're not sure why the yoga world has an obsession with breaking world records, but it's been done, with motorcycles, by pregnant ladies and now Portland, Oregon is on the map for hosting the world's largest yoga chain. Dubbed "The Great Namaste" the event took place as part of the World Domination Summit 2014, a [...]
As a yoga teacher, I get lots of questions about the alignment of poses. Should I throw my head back in upward facing dog? Should I reach for my feet in a seated forward fold? Should I squeeze my quads and lift my kneecaps in tadasana? My best answer to questions like these is usually it depends on your approach to your practice. From my perspective, there are two versions of nearly every yoga pose: the traditional version and the biomechanically-updated one.
Sci-fi yoga just got real. While we still await the integration of holograms, this super responsive SmartMat that senses your poses and talks to you from a device (read: if Siri taught yoga) is the next best thing upon this here Yogaship Enterprise. Heck, it's the next best thing to having a real human friend! [...]
There is a movement afoot. Yoga selfies are virtually ubiquitous in the internet age, but they haven't been without controversy. Are they inspiring? Are they discouraging? Are they perpetuating an unrealistic, stereotypical image of yoga? What's their intention, anyway? While some of us may be wondering, what's the big deal? There are others who might [...]
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 was a momentous day for the modern yoga lexicon - "iPhone Yoga" was officially added to the Urban Dictionary! What is iPhone Yoga, you ask? Currently there is only one definition and it sounds like it fits. No, it's not about selfies, surprisingly. Upon further research we found there are a [...]
Comedian and actor Gabriel Iglesias aka 'Fluffy' showed Conan O'Brien a few yoga moves Tuesday night and we're pretty sure a good time was had by all. There were Cats and Cows and Down Dogs and blood-filled pants! Iglesias has Type 2 Diabetes, as he explained to Conan, and his doctor told him he had [...]
It's 6 a.m., you're up and ready to sweat. You grab your animal costume, your LED disco yoga mat and you're off to Brooklyn's own massive sober rave dance party where smoothies, yoga and voguing are your drugs of choice. Sounds like our usual morning! No this is not the next incarnation of Wanderlust, though [...]