≡ Menu
YogaDork

India

In case you missed it (and likely you have), Israel hosted the world’s largest yoga mat art installation on International Yoga Day (June 21) to celebrate yoga and art and help commemorate 25 years of diplomatic relations with India. Set up in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square and co-sponsored by the Indian Embassy, the 1500 painted [...]

7 comments

Limber up, folks. The Yoga Olympics are inevitable. We’ll just leave this right here: Think you can do a perfect surya namaskar? You could be up for a medal later this year. International Yoga Day promises to be bigger and better, with “Olympic-type” competition likely to be on the cards. That’s from Friday’s Economic Times. “We are [...]

25 comments

Trying to write your own White Album? Looks like you may have your Beatlesesque Transcendental Meditation experience yet. The ashram where the Fab Four studied TM with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the 60s is finally opening back up. Having been shut down and overrun by nature’s decay since 1981, the ashram is set to get [...]

4 comments

Heads up tattooed yogis. A man’s Hindu goddess tattoo got him into some big trouble over the weekend. Australian tourists Matthew Gordon and his girlfriend were out for lunch in Bangalore, India when locals began harassing him after seeing his large shin tattoo of Yellamma the Hindu goddess of the fallen and India’s lowest caste. [...]

12 comments

What is the meaning of namaste, anyway? Probably a bit different than you think. American yogis know the word namaste pretty well. We hear it in almost every yoga class and translate the Sanskrit word to mean “the divine in me bows to the divine in you” or something close – substitute divine for light [...]

21 comments

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 [...]

8 comments

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 [...]

15 comments

International Yoga Day may seem exciting for the world, but it’s not making everyone happy, especially in India. Ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi made it his mission to lead yoga’s cultural rebirth, or at least reclaim its roots, there have been some critics on the sidelines questioning his methods and intentions. For the Muslim [...]

6 comments

The first ever UN-approved International Day of Yoga is fast approaching. And now it’s been reported that India’s leader will be publicly yoga-ing in celebration come June 21st. According to Reuters, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will “practice physical poses and breathing control” at the country’s main event, government spokespeople confirm. Apparently it’s not just for show, [...]

4 comments