In the yoga and fitness space, there is an abundance of advertisements of “yoga for back pain,” “yoga for shoulder strength,” “yoga for weight-loss,” and a wide range of other objectives. Out of curiosity, I’ve been following research on pain management and specific movement modalities, including yoga, Pilates, weight-training, walking, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, and other practices.
If every body is a yoga body why do some bodies still feel left out? Yoga is evolving to become more accessible and welcoming to everybody and their body type—hallelujah!—but the skinny stigma still clings like a sweaty sports bra thanks to most of the media we see. And so it makes us happy to [...]
A number of long-time yoga teachers are deciding to stop referring to what they teach as yoga. In the past, the term yoga represented a freedom to explore and discover truths outside western cultural norms. Now that yoga has largely become a western cultural norm, fueled by the advertising prowess of a multi-billion dollar industry and challenged by scholars questioning appropriation
Goat Yoga? Yes, Goat Yoga. That's yoga with goats, in case you missed the subtleties. Goat Yoga is so popular you'll have to put your name on a waiting list with hundreds of other eager goatga (goat+yoga) practitioners. You'll also have to travel to a farm in Oregon where, as of now, we're pretty sure it's [...]
If you find yourself bidding "good riddance!" to 2016 and clinging to the positive notion that 2017 will be better (or desperately hoping it will be) we have just the thing for you. It even sounds nice. NPR is once again running their Ads for Nicer Living project and they're looking for your ad pitches [...]
January 4, 2017 The woman who won her sexual harassment case against Bikram Choudhury last year is getting her due, big time. This may be the most empire-crushing news to date—as if the multiple sexual harassment and rape allegations coupled with his infamous reputation of being an impossibly narcissistic asanahole weren't enough to tear up the sweaty carpets of [...]
Up elephant? Amazing, majestic creatures, elephants. And maybe they're even more part canine than we thought. Caught on camera doing his feeding time stretches this ellie shows us just how mighty and graceful they can be. His up dog isn't bad either. The awesome scene was snapped in Zimbabwe by Brazilian singer Ana Zinger who was [...]
Everyone has pain at some time during life. It can run on a spectrum from severe to mild; overwhelming agony that ceases movement to background discomfort that simply slows us down—and any stop between the two ends. It is always inconvenient, distracting and often derails our movement.
In 2009, after a twenty year career in politics and public affairs, I opened a yoga studio in the suburbs of Los Angeles. My idea was to share this thing called Yoga that has been so powerfully transformational in my life with others. And I did.