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Stay. Stay. Nope! Nope! Nope! Nope! NOPE!

Pets Interrupting Yoga. [more inside]
posted by quin on Jul 12, 2014 - 24 comments

Weekend at Sri Ashutosh's

Indian court asked to rule on whether Hindu guru dead or meditating: Since January 29 of this year, Sri Ashutosh Maharaj, founder of the Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan religious sect, has been residing in a freezer in his ashram in Punjab. His followers claim he is in a "deep meditative state (samadhi)." Doctors, however, have declared Maharaj clinically dead and his family have sued to have his death be investigated and to have his body released for cremation. The guru's son also alleges that Maharaj was murdered and that his followers are trying to gain control of his estate, said to be worth $170 million. While traditional yogis have claimed extraordinary powers, including the power to stop one's heart, the evidence for these claims has been lacking.
posted by Cash4Lead on Jun 2, 2014 - 37 comments

STRENGTH YOUR BLOOD AND SHADOW

At first sight the search for peace and stability in Iraq, and the search for physical and mental fitness in the extreme contortions of modern Yoga seem to have absolutely nothing in common. But curiously they do. Both the terrible structural problems and distortions that underly Iraqi society today, and the strange, contorted poses that millions of people perform every day in things like Bikram's Hot Yoga, actually come from the fevered imagination of the British ruling class one hundred years ago. As they felt Britain's power declining they wanted desperately to go back into the past and create a purer and more innocent world, uncorrupted by the messiness of the modern industrial world - a new Eden forged both by strengthening and purifying the human body and by inventing new model countries round the world. And we are still suffering from the consequences of that terrible nostalgia. BODYBUILDING AND NATION-BUILDING
posted by timshel on Feb 4, 2014 - 11 comments

Need to relax? Do yoga? Get a Chihuahua

Stressed out? Do yoga with Pancho the Chihuahua
posted by Wolfster on Jan 13, 2014 - 13 comments

Have you ever wanted to do some yoga?

DoYogaWithMe.com is a free, constantly expanding resource of online yoga videos created by a passionate group of experienced instructors. Our yoga videos include classes, poses, breathing techniques and anatomy videos. Search their entire collection by difficulty, length, style, and teacher or start in the Beginner's Studio. Yoga has a unique way of strengthening and toning your body, improving flexibility and enhancing your sense of well being.
Clear some of your floor, put on some comfy clothes, turn off your other electronics and turn on a video. Hopefully, this will be the beginning of that great journey for you!

posted by Blasdelb on Jan 8, 2014 - 28 comments

Flexible posturing around religion

Does doing yoga make you a Hindu?
posted by Gyan on Nov 21, 2013 - 63 comments

Patent Trolls Generating Negative Karma

Yoga International, publishers of a similarly-titled magazine, recently migrated to an all-online content. As part of their new technology platform, they have been providing online yoga instruction utilizing a visual recording of a standard yoga classroom set-up. YogaGlo, providers of on-line yoga classes, sent Yoga International a cease-and-desist letter claiming that their recently filed patent application covers the type of view being filmed for an on-line yoga class, and that Yoga International is in violation. [more inside]
posted by scblackman on Sep 26, 2013 - 21 comments

Diamond Dallas Page's Next Act

Former wrestler Diamond Dallas Page has recently emerged as a health guru of sorts, with an exercise routine based on Yoga. He's also reaching out to former wrestlers who are battling addiction problems, Scott Hall and Jake Roberts. via [more inside]
posted by Ghidorah on Jul 24, 2013 - 17 comments

The Other Person is You

There is a lot about Kundalini Yoga and White Tantric and Solstice that is very unbelievable. Does a turban really hold your brain together? Does one day of White Tantric Yoga really equal years worth of meditation? If you revolve your life around Solstice, as Yogi Bhajan says, will everything really be taken care of? I laugh at all of it, but I keep coming back, so I either believe it, or I want to...
posted by showbiz_liz on Jul 10, 2013 - 21 comments

"Look At Me Now"

American paratrooper Arthur Boorman suffered debilitating injuries during the first Gulf War. Doctors told him he'd never walk unassisted again. 15 years later.... [more inside]
posted by zarq on Nov 27, 2012 - 16 comments

Kumaré Sutra

"At PSFK Conference NYC, Vikram Gandhi spoke about his latest movie Kumaré - The True Story of A False Prophet. While he was born in New Jersey, the film director spoke about how he had been noticing how the Indian-heritage culture he had experienced as he grew up, was being used by Americans and other Westerners to help solve their emotional and spiritual issues. To explore this idea further he dressed up as a guru, created a backstory with YouTube video and website, spoke like his grandmother and recruited followers in Arizona. What's unique is that throughout the film is that he tells everyone he was an illusion and asks his followers to look in a mirror to solve their own problems." [more inside]
posted by vidur on Jul 8, 2012 - 42 comments

Charming 90-year+ old yoga instructor - a new model of ageing

Ida Herbert (brief text article ). Also 3:51 minute news item (youtube) shows her in action. "A new model of ageing."
posted by Listener on Jul 8, 2012 - 4 comments

Yogi Bear

"It’s a polar bear doing a hand stand in the water." From the blog: The Kid Should See This, which was linked previously.
posted by vidur on Apr 27, 2012 - 13 comments

Yoga Breakdancing

Yoga Breakdancing
posted by Confess, Fletch on Mar 25, 2012 - 30 comments

Hiding under your toilet.

Here are two stories about men hiding themselves under toilets for strange/unknown/sexual reasons. [1] [2a] [2b]. NSFW, NSF people who don't want to read about men hiding under toilets.
posted by Meatbomb on Mar 13, 2012 - 61 comments

Yoga can lead to sexy-times!

Yoga can improve your sexual experiences... and perhaps lead to sex with your instructor. [more inside]
posted by exphysicist345 on Mar 2, 2012 - 64 comments

How yoga can wreck your body

Yoga can wreck your body. Who knew?
posted by Listener on Jan 6, 2012 - 81 comments

LaeCharles and DJDave

Regift It, Secret Santa, and Grinchin are three holiday raps from LaeCharles aka Lovey Love The Plus Size Playa
via Berkeley Enough from DJDave of Whole Foods Parking Lot [previously, Berkeley Remix, see also: Yoga Girl]
posted by finite on Dec 20, 2011 - 2 comments

Prrrrrrrrana

Cat yoga.
posted by flex on Dec 14, 2011 - 28 comments

"To elevate the world from mediocrity to greatness"

lululemon athletica, the "yoga-inspired athletic apparel company", has rapidly become a brand fixture in the Pacific Northwest since its founding by Chip Wilson in 1998. Recently, a strange ode to Ayn Rand appeared on their website, and a "Who Is John Galt?" advertising campaign has adorned company packaging this November. Meanwhile, one of their employees has been convicted in the bizarre murder of a co-worker, in which the employees of a neighbouring Apple Store ignored the victim's cries for help.
posted by mek on Nov 14, 2011 - 111 comments

A Pain in the Asana

What becomes of your yoga when you are forbidden to do asana? "My chiropractor gave me the ultimate prescription: no asana. Since my practice inspires my teaching, I cut back on my teaching as well, only offering one super gentle community class and working with a few private students. (...) I’ve been in a place of inquiry: What is my practice? What does asana mean to me? What is yoga?"
posted by amusem on Jul 12, 2011 - 65 comments

Abode of Peace

The Santiniketan Park Association, known informally as "The Family" was a group founded around 1964 after Dr. Raynor Carey Johnson began hosting regular meetings of a religious and philosophical discussion group led by the yoga teacher Anne Hamilton-Byrne on his property on the outskirts Melbourne, Australia. The group began to recruit potential new members from Newhaven Hospital, a private psychiatric hospital, owned and managed by Marion Villimek, a Santiniketan member, and staffed by other Santiniketans psychiatrists who would administer LSD to patients. [more inside]
posted by wcfields on Mar 29, 2011 - 23 comments

The Overheated, Oversexed Cult Of Bikram Choudhury

Bikram yoga, popularized in the USA by Bikram Choudhury, is criticized for being overly sexual and as subverting the traditional aims of yoga. The bacchanalian atmosphere at the training clinics held by Choudhury seem to confirm this view.
posted by reenum on Feb 19, 2011 - 67 comments

the ownership of Yoga

Take Back Yoga : A group of Indian-Americans have ignited a surprisingly fierce debate in the gentle world of yoga by mounting a campaign to acquaint Westerners with the faith that it says underlies every single yoga style followed in gyms, ashrams and spas: Hinduism. The campaign, labeled “Take Back Yoga,” does not ask yoga devotees to become Hindu, or instructors to teach more about Hinduism ... but only that people become more aware of yoga’s debt to the faith’s ancient traditions.
posted by dhruva on Nov 28, 2010 - 66 comments

Yoga Bear

Behold Santra, the Yoga Bear.
posted by homunculus on Sep 15, 2010 - 32 comments

Mostly Maui Waui man, but it's got some Labrador in it.

Ganja yoga combines marijuana and meditation [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu on Sep 8, 2010 - 36 comments

360° Yoga

Panoramic shots of people doing yoga in Umag, Croatia taken at sunset (1 2 3) and one in the morning. (Previously)
posted by gman on Oct 2, 2009 - 11 comments

Downward Dog

Yoga Dogs as photographed by Dan Borris.
posted by gman on Sep 10, 2009 - 27 comments

Nice tomato

Weirdo Yoga Farmers (slyt)
posted by Antidisestablishmentarianist on Aug 1, 2009 - 24 comments

how do you write "loaded" in Sanskrit?

Drunk Yoga. An age-old practice of healing and mindful positions for the absolutely smashed. (bus stop optional)
posted by oneirodynia on Jul 22, 2009 - 15 comments

Downward Facing Dog. No, Seriously -- Dog

This was fake. This is not. “Peanuts, my retired racer greyhound, didn’t participate at all. Instead, I did downward-facing dog while he ate the most treats he’s ever had in a 60-minute period.”
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Apr 9, 2009 - 62 comments

The right to do wrong

Auroville Funded by Governments all over the world, the city of Auroville is an ongoing experiment 'whose stated purpose is to realize human unity in diversity' through yoga. Unfortunately, it seems the 'rule free' society has attracted some of the least welcome of humanity's outliers, namely child sex tourists. [more inside]
posted by asok on May 27, 2008 - 16 comments

"A range of about 15 feet"

Two Buddhist teachers live a purportedly celibate life together as they strive for new heights of intimacy. But Tibetan Buddhist leaders and scholars are alarmed; the Dalai Lama refused a birthday offering. His teachings on yoga and business are controversial; so is the matter of his three-year "silent" retreat. More on Geshe Michael Roach. (Wiki.)
posted by fiercecupcake on May 15, 2008 - 80 comments

Chortens, Pagodas and Stupas

The stupa (aka the chorten or the pagoda) is Buddhism's universal piece of symbolic architecture. Borobodur in Java is probably the most famous, while Burma's Shwedagon Pagoda is the largest, and the Kyaik-htiyo Pagoda on the Golden Rock may be the most precarious. They're common across the Himalayas, and sometimes hidden in caves.
posted by homunculus on Apr 26, 2007 - 19 comments

Shuntee.

The Hostile New Age Takeover of Yoga [print version]. Standard "omg commoditization" rant, but has a delectable anecdote wherein someone mistakes clingy navel-gazing for reflection. ("What part of no don't you understand?" his note said. "I never want to hear from you again.")
posted by Firas on Apr 6, 2007 - 103 comments

Namaste, bitches!

Yoga Action Squad! Episode 1: Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad Vibrations --- The Yoga Action Squad, an elite team of yogis and yoginis from Santa Monica, spring into action to stop the very negative Dr. Bad Vibes and his overpaid bitchy assistant, Lethargo.
posted by homunculus on Mar 26, 2007 - 8 comments

laughter is the best medicine

The Laughing Club. A practicing doctor at a Bombay hospital, Dr. Kataria, formed the first laughing club in 1994. What started off as a group of 5 people, barely able to break into a chortle, gradually spread the world over. Today, there are 5,000 laughing clubs around the world.
posted by nickyskye on Jan 28, 2007 - 14 comments

Gumby Fu

Kung Fu vs. Yoga. In French. (YouTube.)
posted by homunculus on Sep 29, 2006 - 23 comments

Prophets and Profits on the Burning Shore

From organically-farming Zen centers to celebrity-cultivating Scientology centresTM, California is a seedbed of the most earnest (and most frivolous or worse) branches of spiritual inquiry. What's in the water in the Golden State that has made it The Visionary State? In an interview with editor Geoff Manaugh of the excellent BLDGBLOG, author Erik Davis -- whose published passions have ranged from an analysis of Philip K. Dick's "divine invasions" to erudite musings on Led Zeppelin's fourth album to an ode to the joys of being a teenage bongeur -- talks about the formerly chic devil-worshipper Anton LaVey, Beat Zen, Aldous Huxley, the Watts Towers, and beyond, with great photos by Michael Rauner, who collaborated with Davis on the new book.
posted by digaman on Aug 10, 2006 - 30 comments

yoga

1938 film of yoga in the west pioneer B.K.S. Iyengar and his teacher Sri T. Krishnamacharya B/W silent.
posted by vronsky on Jul 21, 2006 - 10 comments

The Asana Index.

The Asana Index. There are literally 1000s of asana variations in Hatha Yoga. We are attempting to collect the most descriptive pictures of these asanas from all over the Internet, published materials, and individual donations, listing them in an alphabetical index. (via chattering mind)
posted by matteo on Feb 25, 2006 - 7 comments

LOLZ

Are the political debates on MeFi stressing you out? The solution is simple: laugh it off. (warning: embedded video, silly)
posted by ddf on Jul 14, 2005 - 25 comments

Gettin' in a few Oms or a few Frags and then gettin' out.

Yoga Death Match - "I've just finished making a video about the similarities between the ancient Hindu art of spiritual discipline and the rather more modern art of online gaming." {a short mov by Jim Monroe}
posted by dobbs on May 19, 2005 - 12 comments

I forgot my future woman

Mirapuri - City of Peace and Future Man
posted by Captaintripps on Apr 5, 2005 - 10 comments

Open Source Yoga

Copyright a yoga move? If yoga has been around for 5,000 years, can a 21st century businessman claim to own a piece of it? Bikram Choudhury says yes. The Beverly Hills yoga mogul, who popularized his style of yoga and then franchised a chain of studios bearing his name, has long rankled traditionalists, who dislike his tough business tactics and brash outspokenness. Now Choudhury is facing a challenge in a San Francisco courtroom, where a federal judge is hearing arguments in a lawsuit that some legal experts say could define a new frontier in intellectual property. At issue: Can Choudhury take a sequence of two breathing exercises and 26 yoga poses from an ancient Indian practice, copyright it and control how it is practiced? The Open Source Yoga Unity people say he can't. More inside.
posted by matteo on Mar 21, 2005 - 89 comments

downward facing W

Bush Yoga.
posted by me3dia on Feb 17, 2004 - 12 comments

That's one juicy video...

Goddess Juice takes you on a ride like no other. Its purpose is to arouse your Kundalini, but be warned; an aroused Kundalini may not always be a good thing.
posted by debralee on Oct 23, 2003 - 29 comments

What, no Scorpion Position!?

Yoga Kitty videos show you how to raise your cat's electromagnetic frequency, clear past karmas, and engage in self-identification meditation, but unfortunately provides no tips on how to administer the first-aid you're going to require for bites and scratches (requires Quicktime or Windows Media Player).
posted by MrBaliHai on Jun 3, 2003 - 3 comments

Downward dog

“You can't deny, even if you are a spiritual being, that you are living in a world organized by money." Bikram Choudhury, yoga’s bad boy and proponent of the intense, sweaty version that bears his name, has copyrighted his famous sequences and is suing schools that teach them without his permission. Many adherents of the ancient technique, whose name can be translated as “unity”, are outraged, and are starting to unite against him. The Beverly Hills resident, who calls his style “the only yoga”, says "I have balls like atom bombs, two of them, 100 megatons each. Nobody f*cks with me." (Click through for free Salon day pass)
posted by gottabefunky on Apr 4, 2003 - 28 comments

Yoga as Self-Transformation

Yoga as Self-Transformation is an interesting article on the mental and physical effects practicing yoga can have on a person. Anyone who practices yoga will probably recognize some points in this article, and may enjoy some of the author's other articles as well.
posted by homunculus on Nov 10, 2002 - 7 comments

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