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UPDATE: The two people who were killed in the shooting are 21-year-old Maura Binkley and 61-year-old Nancy Van Vessem, students of Hot Yoga Tallahassee. (Please see report below.) Devastating. This is not the news we want to report. It’s horrifying and heartbreaking, but it’s real and we can’t pretend it didn’t happen. Or isn’t happening. [...]


It’s sad and frightening to think a yoga teacher who’d been physically attacked by a student wouldn’t be supported or protected by the yoga studio they work for. This appears to be the case in Chicago where a yoga teacher is claiming exactly that. CorePower Yoga teacher by the name of Yogi Danny B says [...]


This is a tragic story. Three people have been charged with the murder of 67-year-old Tantra Yoga teacher Steve Carter. Carter had been out walking his dog along a hiking trail in San Francisco’s Marin County when he was fatally shot multiple times. A hiker discovered Carter’s body on October 5th with his hand still holding [...]


An update to the yoga studio set on fire story. And the plot thickens. Last Saturday night a woman broke into a yoga studio and set it on fire which left us all with so many questions. First and foremost, why would someone break into a yoga studio and try to set it on fire? The [...]


A Texas woman was arrested for breaking into a yoga studio and setting it on fire. And, no, not with her kapalabhati breath. This is not the kind of hot yoga we’d recommend. Nancy Duarte, 41, was arrested by Dallas Police over the weekend and charged with second-degree arson and resisting arrest after admitting to starting [...]


This just in…from the “This really happened?” files: A Brooklyn Assemblyman is busted for jacking campaign contributions to pay for pricey yoga classes. Now, we’re pretty sure everyone in present company can all agree yoga is worthwhile endeavor.


Keep an eye on your personal belongings, yogis! A man has been charged with allegedly stealing unattended wallets while people are in yoga class at several studios in Berkley, CA. Heinous!


Latest from the Yoga Crime Blotter: sigh.

Remember the 2010 Linda Dolloff trial where she, a Maine yoga teacher, was tried for the 2009 beating of her husband senseless with a bat while he was sleeping, breaking his nose and fracturing his skull, and then attempting to cover it up by shooting herself and staging a home invasion? How time flies.

On Tuesday, Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court unanimously rejected the appeal by the 51-year-old who claimed her 2010 trial was marred by the prosecutor misrepresenting facts and expressing personal opinions. Dolloff will continue serving her 16-year sentence. Her ex-husband, who still can not recall details of the incident, is not expected to fully recover from his injuries.


Now you’ll never hear us saying mayors shouldn’t do yoga, especially mayors of major cities like Detroit, but draining funds from your nonprofit to support your Down Dog is a low down dirty shame. 12 days of testimony into the trial of ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick did not end with an Om but with an Ugh.