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by J. Brown Since its inception in 1999, the Yoga Alliance has developed a deservedly bad reputation for collecting millions of dollars from the yoga community without providing any real service in return. However, a new president and CEO has taken over and the time may have come for yoga teachers and schools to rethink [...]


YA is sorry. Will you take them back? Ask any ten yoga teachers in New York City how they feel about Yoga Alliance (YA) and you’ll find a pretty narrow set of opinions ranging from indifference to frustration. Since its founding in 1999, Yoga Alliance has set baseline standards for teacher trainings and run a profitable registry [...]


Meet The Koronas, all-American husband and wife duo living near the West Virginia-Pennsylvania border and living all too close to the threat of heart disease. While Frank and Kathy Korona have lost many members of their family to complications of heart disease, they’re determined to fight their way to health and recharge their ‘ol tickers. How? Through a plant-based, meatless diet, meditation and regular exercise, under the coverage of Medicare.


Wow, Heather Graham looks great! Even in eka pada koundinyasana, and especially next to representations of health insurance fat cats made to look even more grotesque stuffing their pie holes and guzzling champagne…ick. This is a new ad from MoveOn.org and in this race Heather shows fierce competition against colossal private insurance as the Public [...]


We were just discussing the merits of doctors suggesting yoga to their patients. Granted, that was in TV-land, so let’s change that dial to something we like to call real life. It’s harder than it looks, and it’s even harder when this living thing involves coping with an often debilitating disease like cancer. Not only [...]


There’s all this talk making the usual media rounds of alternative therapies vs. conventional, traditional, board-certified yadda yadda, but the conversation just seems to go round in circles. Today we aim to stop the insanity with one simple word, INTEGRATIVE, meaning complementary, meaning there isn’t a cure-all so quit it! An article in yesterday’s Washington [...]

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Hey we all spend enough time prattling on about action sequence yoga practice:  breathing, extending, sweating, chaturanga-ing. In the sweeping flow of all the power vinyasa-ing, restorative yoga kinda gets tucked under the blankets. But even without bolster and blocks we bet a good lot of you do your own version of restorative  (likely in [...]


You know, we’ve been feeling really inspired lately by all the admirable yoga organizations and teachers who’ve made it their work to help people with chronic illness. It’s like every time we turn around there’s a new class or org. springing up for cancer survivors. And that’s a good thing, Martha. How can we be [...]


Yoga Bear has a good post alerting us to the new UK initiative to install a regulatory Council and registry for alternative medicine practitioners (announced this week on BBC News). Spearheaded by Maggie Dunn, co-chairman of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), the body “will not judge clinics on whether therapies are effective, but [...]