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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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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. [...]

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Putin-asana? Wait, did yoga just get a glowing endorsement from Russia's most virile and intolerant leader? In a showing of uncharacteristic fallibility, Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted to India's Narendra Modi that he's never tried yoga (never?!) but that he would finally face it boldly and give it a go (and conquer it handsomely, obviously, [...]

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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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'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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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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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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It's official, June 21st is now the International Day of Yoga. Says Indian Prime Minister Modi, "Namaste, motherf@*kers!" Kidding, of course. But he is quite elated. On Thursday, with 177 nations backing the initiative, the UN declared that the world will be observing a global day of yoga on the 21st of June, around the [...]

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