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2013 International Asana Champion ChauKei Stefanie Ngai

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Meanwhile, at the United Nations... International Yoga Day is here and it's brought with it many dignitaries and officials to celebrate and commemorate. The United Nations is broadcasting a live feed featuring speeches from UN spokesperson Ban Ki-Moon, U.S. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Times Square Alliance President Tim Tompkins and a special meditation and yoga practice led by [...]

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'Shripad Naik, India's first minister overseeing yoga and traditional medicine, practicing yoga in the garden at his residence.' | photo: Kuni Takahashi for The New York Times

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 [...]

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B.C. Premier Christy Clark announcing "Om the Bridge." | image via globalnews.ca

If you're not from Canada, or specifically Vancouver, you might not be aware of the huge kerfuffle over an International Yoga Day event that threatened to divide the city and the local yoga community. In short, the event, titled "Om the Bridge," was a massive yoga class planned by British Columbia Premier Christy Clark, sponsored by [...]

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Indian schoolchildren practicing yoga at Delhi Public School in Hyderabad. photo credit: Mahesh Kumar/AP

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 [...]

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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, [...]

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Bikram Yoga in Times Square

It's finally May, the days are long and the sun is shining, which means it's very, very close to the annual Summer Solstice Yoga in Times Square event. We're here to report registration is now open, so grab your sunscreen, your tough outer kosha, and your camera-ready smile, it's time to put your "mind over madness," [...]

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Set for June 21, International Yoga Day is rapidly approaching - it's almost May, already! Are you excited? Well, get excited now because we have an official logo, and everyone knows without a logo, nothing is really real. Here it is! What do you think? The image was unveiled Wednesday by India's External Affairs Minister, Sushma [...]

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