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Yoga Cultural History

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Why I Teach the Way I Do: From Injury to Industry

The yoga “industry” is getting more and more athletic. A practice associated with gentle breathing in the seventies is now associated with acrobatics and contortion. Advertisements for workshops and pictures for yoga articles feature advanced poses, whether they have anything to do with the rest of the page. When people hear the word yoga now, … Continue reading

Some job news from some yoga bimbo…

[Updated 07/14/14: Somehow during one of my edits for typos, I lost a bunch of paragraph spaces. Should be fixed. Also, noting other mentions and blogs in intro paragraph. 06/10/15: some edits post-WordPress theme update.] Recently, I joined the world of social media. One day, a couple of weeks after starting a new Twitter account, … Continue reading

Yoga to overcome attachment & aversion (raga & dvesha)

Reprinted from my Tumblr blog.In an earlier post, I mentioned how our perceptions can be colored, leading to false assumptions. In the yoga tradition, when these tinted, biased thoughts (klishta) form disturbances in our mind (vrtti), we bring about our own suffering. Part of the practice of yoga is training your mind to observe the causes … Continue reading

Repost: Cultural shifts and brain scans: Is searching for spirituality the new American dream?

Originally posted on CNN Belief Blog:
By Jessica Ravitz, CNN (CNN) — To discover one’s self. To find enlightenment. To take a spiritual journey. What does this language mean? Are these pursuits, these aspirations, really possible? And if they are, what do the results look like? I can’t pretend to have the answers. What I…

How the yoga industry sabotages home yoga practices…

After getting links to YogaDork articles on the importance of home practice and the business of yoga shortly before getting a link to this pictorial essay on at-home yoga spaces, I reflected on what the yoga “industry” is doing to undermine home practices. As we build our brands and our images of what a retreat or self-care “ought” to look … Continue reading

Burning Man & Yoga for Assumptions

Today I noticed Marcia Sirota’s article on assumptions in omtimes, and it brought back a poignant memory for me. Even as we attempt to follow the Yoga Sutra directive toward “right knowledge”, we sometimes overlook the schism between our inner world and the external and the roles external context and internal interpretation of observation play in our formulation … Continue reading

Yoga, Weight Loss & Representation: The Real Story

Recently I ran across dubiousdrishti‘s article on yoga and weight loss as a feminist issue, and it caused me to reflect on my own anti-plus-sized yoga stance. In the article, DD addresses that yoga is not really a weight-loss technique, but that our hyper-beautified culture and capitalistic branding have resulted in an inauthentic marketing of the practice. I couldn’t … Continue reading

Lululemon’s “Real” Problem: An Ocean Apart from Yoga

Originally published on AskYogaNerd blog, Jan 12, 2014. I’ve never been able to fit or been willing to afford Lululemon pants. I was not shocked they were see-through. I was surprised when the murder happened, but I wasn’t surprised by the ultimate outcome. I wasn’t surprised by the yoga community’s public backlash against them, given that many more … Continue reading

In Defense of Warrior I: Are you hip or are you square?

Originally posted to AskYogaNerd blog on Sep. 25, 2013 http://www.yogajournal.com/basics/2357 Warrior I has been getting a bad rap lately. I suppose my defense of Warrior I began when several colleagues mentioned that was their least favorite beginner pose. (Mine was triangle.) I could not for the life of me understand why anyone wouldn’t love Warrior I … Continue reading

YogaNerdBeef Update: Levine’s new instructor

Originally posted October 1, 2013 on AskYogaNerd blog. The top headline on my Google News Yoga feed just now: Adam Levine’s Yoga Instructor blah blah blah. I suddenly noticed, however, that the URL listed a new name: Alanna Zabel. The article itself is fluff on a site called Hollywood Life. The deep secret to the yoga magic? … Continue reading