It's just Pema Chödrön and Oprah chatting and chillaxing on a Sunday afternoon sipping from their coffee mugs like gal pals do. Pema was a recent guest on Oprah's "Super Soul Sunday" which is basically the Super Bowl for spirituality, where the two conversed about "what to do when your life falls apart," "why fear is nothing [...]
Dearest yogoblins, yoghosts and yoghouls, it's Halloween week which means it's time for the Annual YogaDork Halloween Costume Photo Contest! This is our FIFTH year running and each year your creep-asana creativity keeps getting better and better. Above is our 2013 winner: Edgar Allan Crow! The devil AND the details: We are now accepting your [...]
I am often asked, "What does kids' yoga look like and how do kids do yoga?" I thought it would be helpful to share a video of me and Davis, a three-year-old Yogi Bean, practicing pranayama, asana and meditation. One of the many aspects of teaching yoga to kids that I love is that it helps me cultivate a deeper understanding of the first yoga sutra: Atha Yoga Anusanasam - Yoga is NOW! Children are not generally concerned about the past or worried about the future: they live in the present moment. For adults, this often proves to be a difficult task, as we tend to anticipate the future and dwell on the past. Working with children takes us out of that mindframe and directs our focus on the moment at hand.
Once you’ve spent enough time studying the body and movement, you begin to develop refined anatomical eyes that can see patterns in the way people move that they can’t sense in themselves. One of these patterns that I see is that yogis tend to move where it’s already easy for their bodies to move while avoiding the work required where true positive change is needed.
This is Part 3 of a 3-part series on Power, Privilege and Responsibility in Yoga. Read Part 1 and Part 2. by Kerrie Kauer As Hala Khouri said during our panel, if you are not working against racism individually and in the world, then you are actively supporting racism and racist systems. And we have [...]
Yoga on Jeopardy! Friday night's Jeopardy! episode had a special category just for us yogadorks. Did you catch it? Did you nerd out as much a we did? Our favorite long-running, Canadian-hosted game show challenged its contestants to meditate (quickly!) on their yoga knowledge and their thumb-to-buzzer reflexes with the "Strike a (Yoga) Pose" category. The yoga category was so [...]
We are truly honored and delighted to share this interview with Bobby Clennell, Senior Iyengar teacher and author and illustrator of Yoga for Breast Care: What Everyone Woman Needs to Know (enter the giveaway!). Below, In this first interview about her new book, Bobby explains her inspiration behind writing it and explains why all women should be [...]
This is Part 2 of a 3-part series on Power, Privilege and Responsibility in Yoga. Read Part 1 here. by Kerri Kauer Privilege is complex. Because while I have white privilege, I do not have heterosexual privilege. Many images of yogis in popular press, and in advertisements often reflect soft pornography that serves to (hetero)sexualize [...]
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but we'd like to extend that this year to include Breast Care Awareness as well. Yoga for Breast Care is Bobby Clennell's latest book, a wonderful and well-researched guide to overall breast health, and part of the Yoga Shorts series by Rodmell Press. Clennell is a Senior Iyengar teacher [...]
The Dalai Lama aligning with yoga might not be too shocking, but teaming up with Lululemon? We're not making this up and it's not April. Lululemon and the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education are partnering to “promote mindfulness...to foster heart-mind wellbeing in children and youth.” Heart-mind well-being refers to "creating a balance between educating the mind and educating [...]
This is Part 1 of a 3-part series on Power, Privilege and Responsibility in Yoga. by Kerrie Kauer A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to be part of a panel with some amazing scholars, activists, yoga teachers, and educators discussing issues of power and privilege in yoga. This was part of an ongoing [...]
At least we didn't say circus, right? Right. An article from today's Washington Post sheds light on the increasingly gimmicky and bells and tassles and whistles and feathers-laden the yoga world has become - essentially a carnival. Without necessarily deciding if this is an inherently "good" or "bad" thing it's rather fascinating to observe what [...]
Marijuana is getting more legal, but is smoking pot and yoga kosher? Formalities and legalities aside, the once stoner-scented trend of getting high before yoga class is now turning into a legit phenomenon. No longer a punch line, yogis are lining up for "enhanced" yoga classes. Well, at least they are in San Francisco.
Seasonally appropriate, here's Ichibod Crane from Fox's "Sleepy Hollow" learning about yoga. The image is from the October 27th episode “And the Abyss Gazes Back,” where our Revolutionary protagonist explores tree pose and headless horseman pose, presumably. Why yoga? Why not? Showrunner Mark Goffman told TVLine that the Crane-meets-yoga “is gonna be great” which is [...]